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I am responding to an post that I read in your forum about the "Miami Massacre" and would like to set the record straight for you and your readers. I was former police detective in the state of Florida at the time of this incident. Approximately one month after it happened I attended the Advanced Investigator School in Orlando Fl. which was part of the CALES Program ( Center For Advanced Law Enforcement Studies ) here in Florida. this training was provided for experienced police detectives through FDLE. ( Florida Department of Law Enforcement ) One of our instructors was Sgt. Dave Rivers from Miami Metro Dade who was the lead investigator ( even though this was an incident involving the FBI, it happened in their juridiction which made MIami Metro Dade the lead agency in this investigation.) Understandably this was a hot topic during our training and Sgt. Rivers not only showed us the actual crime scene photo's, but discussed openly with us the events as they happened so that we could take this information back to our respective agencies for future training purposes. The information that I am about to share ( most of which was not released to the public ) are some interesting facts related to us by Sgt. Rivers. Of the agents involved in the rolling stakeout that day were three FBI agents that were on the FBI's tactical team. ( Dove, Grogan & Risner ) For that reason those agents were armed with S&W model 59's with loaded with first generation WW Silvertips. ( most of the other agents were armed with S&W 3 inch Model 13's loaded with the now famous 38spl. 158 grain lswhp now referred to as the FBI load ) In the approximately first twenty seconds of the gunfight, Platt was wounded by Dove but continued to fight. The gunfight lasted almost five minutes and according to Sgt. Rivers the coroner stated that if Platt had been in the emergency room at the time he was wounded, he still could not have survived. The bullet entered under his armpit and then proceeded diagonally across his chest. This is one of the many documented failures of first generation Silvertips which was unfortunately the issue ammunition at our agency as well. Platt did all of the damage firing approximately one hundred and fifty three rounds and Matrix reportedly only fired six from his 357 mag revolver. There were also two agents assigned to this rolling stakeout as well and both of these agents were armed with H&K MP5's. Both of those agents missed the gunfight for the following reasons. The agents had dressed casually for this rolling stakeout and when Platt and Matrix pulled out in front of them ( leaving the bank ) in Cohazo's stolen Monte Carlo, one of the unidentified agents with the MP5, broke off from the rest and went into the bank to see if they had just robbed it. The other agents involved continued to follow the Monte Carlo and shortly thereafter engaged the bad guys. Unfortunately the one agent with the MP5 missed the fight because he was in the bank and according to Rivers' could not convince the bank employee's that he was actually an FBI agent because of his casual dress. The other agent armed with an MP5 was and I quote " sitting on the can in a Gulf station and did not have a portable radio so he also missed the fight". None of the agents was wearing a vest ( not that it would have helped much ) and Grogan reportedly was running down the street holding his vest in front of him. Agent Manuzzi was not even wearing his gun at the time the fight started. He had removed his firearm from his briefcase and put it between his legs. When his vehicle collided with their's his passenger door opened and he stated he saw his gun fly out of the passenger door before it again closed shut. Subsequent investigation revealed that his firearm was wedged between the door and the seat which rendered him unarmed and also missing the fight. At the end of the fight Agent Mireles, had been wounded in the forearm with a 223 round fired by Platt. He was sitting on the ground at the rear of the car reloading his shotgun and firing it at Matrix and Platt who were badly wounded and sitting in their vehicle a point blank range. During this exchange Matrix exited the vehicle and walked up to Mireles and fired six rounds from his 357 revolver at a distance of approximately six feet. Obviously Mireles was not hit and the explanation given by Sgt. Rivers was that at this point Matrix was losing consciousness and his vision was blurred. Matrix then stumbled back to the vehicle and againd tried to drive away with the also badly wounded Platt. This is when Agent Mireles walked up to the vehicle and emptied his Model 13 into both suspects finishing the fight. Unfortunately as we all know, two Agents lost their lives in this gunbattle but we all learned some valuable lessons as a result of this tragic incident. I have not shared this information since 1986 but I thought now it was time to let others know the rest of the story.
A Former Brother in Blue
June 28, 2014
Jeff, I love the Videos and the web site. Born in 1947, my grandfather was an actual Cowboy born in 1886! His carry gun out west was a Colt Officers Model Match. 38 Specials would burn your hand with that revolver. It was made for black powder I assume and would shoot 38 longs. I'm proud to say I fired Expert badge with both the M16 and Colt 1911 in the MP's. Lifetime NRA, I have owned and shot more than 75 firearms of all types. As a former network Reporter-Producer I can tell you your TV production is excellent and you get the EMMY for the best Gun Video music--by far. My favorite revolver--Colt Python and
New Frontier. Favorite recent Semi is the PX4 Storm in .40. My M1A .30 Carbine is also a favorite.
June 24, 2014
June 16, 2014
I really enjoyed your reviews on the Kel-Tec
shotgun. I am disabled and have a lot of strong meds in my home, live a lone so I was thinking and wanting
(since everyone says a shotgun is the best for home protection) to getting a small, light weight shotgun but all the ones I looked at only held between
4-6 shells. Thus this kinda of answered my needs, we kinda of, lol. It might take a while to acquire one but at least I know now which one I will be getting. By the way, I love your reviews, that's why I joined your website. Man, you crack me up with that humor you have. Something about your brother being a good brother but if something were to happen it would be "ok" cause you have two more. Crack me up. Had to watch it a couple times. Might be since were about the same age or your just damn funny!! I also come from a large family that my 5'6", 95lbs., Irish mother raised all (6) of us by herself. Dad died young.
May 26, 2014
I believe in giving honor where it is due and I want to honor and bless you.
May 18, 2014
May 17, 2014
A big hello from England, and congratulations on on an excellent web magazine. I stumbled across your site purely by accident and how glad am I. Interesting in depth gun reviews coupled with great pics and vids. I certainly will be subscribing to your YouTube channel. As a UK resident in a way its a form of torture, due to the most restrictive gun controls in Europe. A good example is that our Olympic 22 rimfire pistol team has to train in Switzerland as all hand guns are banned over here!! Unless of course you are a criminal, who by there nature tend to pay little notice to laws. The only "gun" I can legally own without paying for a licence, extensive background checks, buying a police gun safe and having a legitimate reason for ownership is an air rifle limited to 12 foot pounds of energy. Which still comes with a lot of restrictions. Enough moaning, keep up with the excellent may and keep fighting for your constitutional rights.
Mark from the UK
May 15, 2014
Man, I understand the video thing; but really I would like the
option (like in the past) of just seeing the photos of the new guns at the
shot show - and then seeing which ones I'm interested in. Instead of having to watch the whole video.
January 22, 2014
Gary, we had problems uploading from SHOT, so I had to wait until we got back home to start working on the pictures, rather than posting everything from SHOT as I usually do. The pictures are going up, starting this evening.
January 22, 2014
This years shot show coverage leaves a lot to be desired. What happened to photos? Big let down.
January 21, 2014
I am so sorry that I do not meet your standards. Perhaps you can do better. The photos are in the works. There was a problem with the server from SHOT. It was slow, and we could not do both the videos and photos at the same time, as we normally do. The photos will hopefully be up by tomorrow, or you can wait until April and get the info from the paper magazines, like it always was until we started covering SHOT Show 14 years ago. Would you like a refund?
I would like to see side-by-side comparisons of 9mm carbines--particularly with Kel-Tec's 2000.
January 1, 2014
I do not do comparisons. I prefer to write about each firearm individually. To do a
comparison requires me to select one as better than the rest, and to do so would be both arrogant and presumptive of me. I just report the facts on each weapon, report any malfunctions, and discuss the accuracy. This allows the reader to judge which firearm is best for him, based upon his own needs and preferences.
I often search for info on my beloved old model Rugers and I always end up on your page. For that I want to thank you. Not to mention many thanks for the answers I have found. Your page is filled with a lot of information and as I've read through I always find something new. Thanks for taking time to put this together so guys like me have a source for educating ourselves on what has become my favorite handgun..... Ruger Old Model Super Blackhawk with a 310 grn Keith bullet over 21.5 grins H-110 YEEEHAW !
But seriously THANK YOU!
November 2, 2013
I enjoy watching all of your videos. I am so grateful to God that you are healthy enough to get back to doing something that you obtrusively love. I am honored to call you "Friend". I know that you will continue to provide us with your unbiased opinion. All I ask of you is to enjoy your family and the life that you have worked for. I ask God's Blessing upon you and your family... Amen.
October 27, 2013
Thank you, sir.
October 27, 2013
Thank you for the kind words. The Ruger Vaquero is a bit larger and stronger than the New
Vaquero. The Vaquero is the same size as the large-frame Blackhawk. However, the New Vaquero handles a bit quicker, and is preferred by many, unless you want to shoot the heaviest of Magnum-class loads in that 45.
Jeff - I just read your review of the Marlin 1895 GS (45/70) and the "dot" on the bottom of the stock comes with most Marlin rifles, at least, prior to Remington taking over Marlin, and it was or is a kind of their trade mark which represents a target and a bullseye. I have read other reviews with complaints about the Remington Marlin 1894G guns having poor quality issues and one big issue was the front sight being tilted over off center of the barrel. I liked your review and it pretty well fit the 1895GS that I bought new two years ago on sale for $650. The front sight was placed dead center of the barrel but I had feeding problems with factory cartridges getting jammed in the receiver and to the point that I had to take the gun apart, taking the lever out so I could release the jammed cartridge. It especially jammed when loading four cartridges and sometimes with only loading three. What caused that malfunction I could not figure out as there were no obstructions or burrs that I could see. I can only guess they did not machine enough clearance inside the receiver to allow the cartridges to feed properly? The gun dealer sent it back for repair and I got the rifle back in three weeks (no cost to me being under warranty and the gun shop sent it back at their expense) and I took it to the range and it performed perfectly and I used three different types of factory bullet weight loads. I have had no malfunctions of any kind and have shot over 100 rounds in it since it came back from Marlin. I love this gun even though I will probably never use it for actual big game hunting. I use it for Bigfoot and Zombie protection when backpacking alone in the forest.. Well, okay, I haven't had to use it against such creatures to date but the security it offers me is well worth the weight of carrying it and the price I paid for it. I also can put all four (or five when carrying with one in the chamber) in the bullseye at 50 yards, what's not to like? I have read more of your reviews (just discovering them on line) and like them, great job! Have a great year, what is left of it.
October 25, 2013
September 18, 2013
September 8, 2013
August 27, 2013
Thank you, Sir. I appreciate you reading Gunblast. com, and for taking the time to write.
Jeff, I seem to have a lot of friends who come to me for advice on buying and operating a gun. I'm happy to help and glad they trust me, but I have to say that I always go to gunblast.com to see if you've reviewed a particular gun we are looking at. There are SO many complete idiots posting videos on the Internet, I wouldn't trust a single word they say. But you know what you are talking about. You test a lot of weaponry that I don't get a chance to put my hands on personally, so I have learned to rely on your advice. Most recently, I've been helping a friend looking for an AR who is left handed and has had trouble with the operation and shell ejection on a few long guns, particularly pump shotguns and bolt action rifles. But you're a Southpaw yourself and it doesn't seem to hinder you in the least! Mostly, I just wanted to thank you for the honesty and quality you are putting out there. It is very much appreciated!
August 21, 2013
Thank you, Sir. I appreciate your confidence in Gunblast.com, and your taking the time to write. Modern ARs have a case deflector to prevent there being a problem shooting left-handed.
Jeff, stumbled upon your review of the Taurus Judge. Seems like a lot of people on the web are confused as to what it's purpose is for. I agree with you. I live on a ranch in south Texas and this little gun is great for those pesky rattlesnakes. Having to pull out the 12 gauge, .40 or whatever every time one of these guys are on the porch or in the yard is not practical. unless I want to blow all the windows out (near the porch) or chance a ricochet throughout the living room (near the front door). Not to mention finding one in the workshop while welding all day. I find it is a good choice for close quarters or hard floor areas. Really fills in where other guns fall short. And if someone decides it's a good idea to sneak in the ranch house while we are sleeping, that .45 colt will say "hello" them just fine. Just my 2 cents! I enjoy all your reviews, keep up the good work.
Shawn in Texas
July 18, 2013
Hey Jeff, I watched your video review of the Ruger SR 45 and was so impressed with it, that I actually went out and bought it. I have to say ,your review was spot on brother. I went straight to the range after purchase and this gun is one of the smoothest shooting guns I have ever shot.
July 18, 2013
Just a quick note Jeff to thank you and your family for the great website and
YouTube videos. I appreciate your honesty and presentation of reviews. Thanks again and blessings to ya'll.
July 16, 2013
HI Jeff, my computer was down for well over a month, but I'm back online. Your site was the first place I got back to after my absence. I was instantly reminded why we enjoy you and your efforts so much. Love is the word to use about how we feel about you. In the near endless slop and garbage on the internet, we find Gunblast.com, and are reminded what a true blessing this new information and communication tool can be. Please pass on my thanks to your brother Boge.
Thanks again, take care,
July 16, 2013
July 15, 2013
May 26, 2013
I have a contract with Luckygunner for them to advertise on our website, and I appreciate them being an advertiser. However, it appears that they are jacking prices as high as the market will bear, just as are Cheaper Than Dirt and a few others. When the Luckygunner contract is up for renewal, we will have a discussion about this. If there is a good reason, I want to hear it.
I have been watching your videos but will no longer. Do you not understand how America was built? There is NO such thing as
gouging" but "self gouging" does. Think about it for a minute... only one person pays for an item and that is the buyer. I have been in retail all my life and I have NEVER signed any one check, stole money out of THEIR pocket or stole THEIR credit card to make a sale nor have I ever had it done to me by a retailer. I pay what I am willing to I have never had a gun to my head or put in a choke hold if I didn't buy something. Have I paid a ton to get what I was shopping for; heck yes. Let's be real do you think you should pay more for Orange Juice after a Florida freeze, grain based products after a draught or just let them go broke? Why does gold go up and down but people always buy it? I'll tell you why.... When our government gets involved and lets the economy go down the tubes we resort to tangible worldwide accepted monies. Never complain again until you personally walk in the fading economy we are in. I will tell you right now that all those shops that have raised their prices and all those who did not will see the same wrath of falling sales and it is happening now. Too many guns being produced, too many new panic buyers, too much ammo being stock piled. Now take that supply and demand that I hope you will understand some day and look at the future. ALL gun and Ammo sale are going to slump and slump big time and I will 100% guarantee this, yes 100%. This ain't my first rodeo. My suggestion to you is to call all those manufactures that back you and pay you to do appearances and demo their products and ask them to cut production down drastically NOW and see how that works for you. Better yet buy some S&W or Sturm Ruger stock and call me in 2 years. If you don't LOSE any money I will personally give you a $100 bill out of this price gouging retailers pocket so don't lose this email and buy Ruger or S&W at market price Tuesday and the promise is good.
May 26, 2013
I wish I could buy stock in S&W and Ruger, as I would have done it long ago, but there are two problems. The first is that I get early information on new products and developments, and I could become charged with insider trading. The second, and most important, is that it would be a conflict for me to review a product in which I had a financial interest. Even if the readers and viewers never knew, I would know.
Jeff, I have slowly come to the irrefutable, logical conclusion that our current President and you actually have a single shared attribute: both of you are extremely skilled marketers who strive on a 24/7 basis to encourage law abiding Americans to celebrate bona fide, true diversity by purchasing, owning and shooting multiple handguns, rifles and shotguns.
Captain, MI, U. S. Army DAV (Ret)
May 23, 2013
I appreciate your kind words, and am glad to help you spend your money! Buying guns is better than money in the bank, as money becomes worth less and less every day, as the Federal Reserve is printing an additional 85 billion dollars every month, with no end in sight.
I have to say that you all do absolutely excellent reviews. More than once I've wanted to know the "true" accuracy and breakdown of a certain firearm, especially .22s, and this site is unmatched. I have got to the point that when I type in a model firearm and then search for reviews I immediately search to see if this website has completed one. You guys are flat out unparalleled. Awesome job and keep them coming!
May 23, 2013
May 20, 2013
Just wanted to thank you for your service to the American gun enthusiast. Instead of looking at several sources of reviews and tests, I now find that I just go to Gunblast. Jeff is down to earth and honest in the reviews and in a language you can understand. You keep up with the fast pace of new firearms. Thanks again,
May 17, 2013
Thom (Great Britain)
May 13, 2013
That is correct. Gun control is not about guns, it is about control.
I enjoy watching your YouTube videos and I recently was able to view your video on
"Price Gouging on Firearms and Ammunition During a Constitutional
Crisis". As a consumer of ammunition I've seen the same phenomenon you describe. My local
Gander Mountain still sells ammo at the pre-crisis price, but it is rarely available. Another local gun store has doubled the price and has ammo available more frequently. Though you've described this behavior as gouging, I think it is both perfectly understandable and beneficial. The laws of supply and demand in a free market lead us to expect prices to go up as demand outstrips supply. The rise in price can actually be a good thing. Prices are more than what we pay as consumers; they are also signals to manufacturers and others. In a free market 3 possible things should happen. Current ammo manufacturers should expand capacity to meet the higher demand. Alternatively, foreign manufacturers could enter the market with new products to meet demand. Finally, individuals may choose to start a business to meet the unfilled need. These 3 options all lead to a greater supply ammo in the marketplace and ultimately even lower prices in the long run.
April 27, 2013
I believe that any gun dealer has the right to charge any price he wants, but as consumers, we have the right to remember who held fair prices, and who did not, when this is over. I will buy my guns and ammunition from those who held the line on prices, and will not buy anything from someone who tried to get 80 bucks for a brick of 22 ammo. We do not need any laws concerning this. The consumer will decide where to spend his money.
Hi Jeff, I have a Ruger LCR 38spl and have thought of getting a LCR 22lr for the same reasons you mentioned in your review. Now that the LCR 22wmr is out I'm thinking this would be nice as I really like the 22mag. I also have an Alaskan 454 that I fire 45colt through and only have to clean the cylinder well to remove any powder/lead deposits before switching to the 454 . My question is do you think the 22lr could be fired in the LCR 22wmr, or is there a difference in diameter or some technical reason not to do this?
By the way thanks again for your well thought out reviews and your common sense thoughts about the assault on our rights to self defense as humans in general and as citizens under the protection of the Constitution of this country in particular. As a combat veteran I am offended by the the ill-informed citizens and especially the fear mongering politicians that are paid by the American public to uphold the Bill of Rights that so many have risked their lives and given their blood to defend. Can they not connect the dots, or is there method to their madness, or do they really think the government will be by the side of they and their family 24/7 ? Oh , I forgot - they are politicians; they do have personal protection 24/7.
April 27, 2013
The 22 LR will fire in a 22 Magnum, but sometimes the cases split, so it is not recommended.
Read your article on the 30-30 and was smiling the whole time, when I was young I loved going deer hunting with my father of course it was mostly just sitting in the blind with him, him whispering old stories to me of times past and him teaching me how to field dress a deer, he taught me to shoot his old 30-30 and eventually as with all young Texas boys I was allowed to go hunting with him one year and have my own blind and my own chance to deer hunt. I got my first deer at the age of 13yrs old, 350yrds with his old Marlin lever action 30-30 while the deer was on the run, my fault for turning too quick I guess. I field dressed it myself and never went hunting to shoot anymore.
Didn't seem to me much of a sport if a 13yr old could do that with a rifle most say
isn't that accurate. But I did and do enjoy cooking for everyone and listening to their deer hunting trials and tribulations after that and to this day. I still keep in practice with a 30-30, its a tried and true weapon that will always stand the test of time. Like you I tend to let everyone talk about how the 30-30 just
isn't that powerful, but the deer that my son hunts for every year just don't
seem to understand that either, they keep adding up. Like his father and my father before me, he knows a good thing when he's got it. He uses my old Winchester 30
WCF long gun handed down to me by my father, and hasn't missed a deer yet.
February 15, 2013
It is certainly a fine cartridge. One of our best. I could make do easily with just a 22 and a 30-30.
Hi Jeff, Over the years, I have enjoyed your website reviews and insights as well as videos on
YouTube. I respect your expert opinion, your credibility for telling it like it is and i feel a particular relevance of your reviews for me as a fellow left hander.
February 12, 2013
I cannot advise you to break the law, but if it was me, I would ignore that seven-round mag limit. My best advice to you, and I am serious, would be to spend about 200 bucks on a U-Haul, and leave those idiots in Albany and the fools who elect them to do what they want. Another good option would be to organize with other gun owners and fight those goober-smoochers.
February 8, 2013
Jeff, could you please let people know (without using my name) what Gun Control is. "Mental Illness" could be very loosely defined. Is any person on Anti Anxiety Medications "mentally ill"? I am a health professional and completely knowledgeable about firearms. I would never commit a crime or misuse a firearm. What about any person who ever suffered a stroke, visually impaired, medically impaired etc. Gun Control opens a Pandora's box. In totalitarian countries the people do not have firearms. Totalitarian governments experience crimes committed by the government but the crime by the subjects is small.
February 4, 2013
That is exactly what they want. If someone suffered a death in the family, and his/her doctor gave them a subscription for a sedative, they have been treated for a mental illness. All of these soldiers and Marines who are coming home are being encouraged to get treated for PTSD, and they too will be labeled as "treated for a mental disorder". It is all about disarming the citizenry.
We need conversation in this vein to come up with a solution to put armed guards in our schools. A lot of the NRA members have had at one time military service. Maybe a quick background check and a psych check would be enough to have a group of volunteers.
January 19, 2013
Yep. However, I think that any teacher who can qualify should be able, if he or she chooses, to carry a concealed handgun. After all, a teacher should not have to give up his/her Constitutional rights, just to be a teacher. We can have an armed teacher in every classroom, with zero additional cost.
I am guilty of saying "I told you so!" and I have attacked our liberal gun owning friends on online forums, gun stores, and in other venues. I am frustrated with those gun owners who voted for Obama. For now that Obama has no reelection to campaign for, he is on a crusade to destroy the Second Amendment protection of our right to keep and bare arms. While I am guilty of attacking our liberal gun owning friends, I have changed my attitude and I ask that you all do the same.
January 10, 2013
December 27, 2012
In Florida and in many other locations there already are policemen in every public school as "resource officers". This should be required in every school in the country. They should be trained and equipped to answer the threat and also be aware of students that may pose a problem.
December 26, 2012
That is good, but we need armed teachers as well, if they wish to be armed. One officer might not be in the right spot to handle a situation, but if we had an armed teacher in almost every
classroom, that would help a lot. It would also be a great deterrent to those who want to shoot up a "gun free zone", knowing that it is far from being gun free. A teacher should not have to give up his or her God-given and Constitutionally-protected rights, just to be a teacher.
December 26. 2012
Jeff, I can tell by some of the posted responses that you have readers from all over the world which is good and all... but I don't believe it's their place to try and dictate to us how to live and what to do. They are not Americans thus they don't understand our rights and our lifestyles.
What we do NEED is for governments, foreign and domestic, to leave us alone. A teacher should not have to give up his or her civil rights to be a teacher. Armed teachers are the best defense, and costs nothing. Also, it is very rude and arrogant for the government, at any level, to ask a teacher to go unarmed, as it is his or her life that is on the line, as well as the lives of those children for whom they are responsible.
Sweet little pistola, the Rock Island Armory 22 TCM. Agree with you it's great for putting out a lot of lead, smokin' fast, very high velocity and accurately due to low recoil. Perfect for mass murder, don't know what other practical value it would have except for just having fun shooting. Here's some testimony. Nidal Malik Hasan, using the similar FN 5-7 was able to kill 13 and wound 29 people in less than a minute or so at a US Army facility in Kileen, Texas.
December 23, 2012
I appreciate your opinion, and thanks for offering it. I do disagree, however. The 2nd Amendment to our Constitution has nothing to do with deer hunting. A gun, any gun, is neither good nor bad. The 22 TCM can be used to defend against 20 attackers just as well as it can be used against 20 unarmed soldiers. When we start deciding among ourselves what other shooters need, then they can also decide that you don't need to sleep with a 45. It is about freedom; the same freedom for which you fought in Vietnam. I don't need an RPG, but i have no problem with you having one.
December 23, 2012
Bob, It does not fit their agenda to do anything that makes sense. This administration is bent upon limiting freedoms and pissing on our Constitution.
Why do so many of the apparently antigun crowd try to tell us that teachers and principals cannot/should not be expected to learn how to handle a gun for school security purposes? I guess they will say anything to promote their agenda. I bet if that wonderful brave female principal who tried to stand up to that shooter in CT had had a gun available, the outcome could have been different. If I was (were?) a school official or employee I would be highly offended if any member of my community acted like I could not be trusted to adequately deploy a firearm in defense of my students and myself. The public mentality of this country is really screwed up. Here in W. PA, the School Board of Butler acted very quickly to deploy armed guards. In my hometown of Indiana, PA [full of yuppies and yippers due to having a State University here], the Board is talking around and out of the issue.
December 22, 2012
No citizen should have to give up his or her God-given and Constitutionally-guaranteed right to self defense to be a teacher.
Jeff, I find it sad and heart breaking to the core that someone would hurt an innocent child or children, but I find it revolting and sick that the liberal news would use this tragedy like a tool to push their agenda for anti-gun legislation. If any person or news organization were truly against the crime instead of the tool then they would report on the crime and that only... but truly as I listen to the coverage of the event it is clear to the American people that this is no more than another attempt for the liberal news media to push their Anti-Second Amendment and Anti-American way of life.
December 22, 2012
Jason, It is even much worse than you think. The anti-gunners are rejoicing at this latest murder. They are glad that it happened. Keep in mind that these are the same people who rabidly promote abortion, and sacrificing a few young children, if it furthers their agenda, does not bother them at all.
December 18, 2012
December 16, 2012
A private citizen needs to own such weapons to defend against
lunatics such as the one in Connecticut. I wish that the school Principal had one handy at the time.
I strongly disagree. That principal deserves to have the best weapon available at his or her disposal to fight off an attacker. Why limit the capability of the defender, when the attacker, by definition, does not obey the law?
Hi Jeff. I hope you and yours have had a good weekend. As a Christian, husband, soon to be father (8 more weeks) ,and gun owner the events of this last week have troubled me greatly. I've got 2 nieces the same age as those kids who were murdered in Connecticut. The thought of anyone harming them in any way makes me nauseous and extremely angry. But on top of that, I have to believe our president and others will use this tragedy as a platform to push their agenda of disarming us and making us depend on THEM to do what they cannot do: protect us. Between the Connecticut mass murder, at least 3 other instances this week of crime where a gun was used, and the ban of concealed carry Illinois being struck down the government push to disarm us is coming to a head. I am 38 years old, and I believe I will not be an old man before I see us lose every ounce of freedom as individuals, our country lose its last moral fiber, our enemies on our soil, and the anti-Christ in power. For what it's worth my wife and I are and will continue to stockpile food, water, supplies, and ammo so that we will not have to hop in the "cheese line" nor take anything the fed. gov. has to offer or wants to force upon us. We will continue to look to Jesus as our source of salvation and provider. As sad as I am over the state of our world, I have hope and peace knowing SOON you and I will be with our Creator and none of this will matter any more. I was curious for your thoughts on recent events and how they will impact our future, not just as gun owners but as people. Both of us enjoy your work and are encouraged by you being a voice in defense of our freedoms. May God bless you and your family.
Matt and Sara
December 16, 2012
It is tragic that such evil exists in this world. I can't imagine why anyone would do that, except he must have had the soul of Satan. What really bothers me is, that the same people who are now screaming to ban the weapon that was used by the evil murderer, would have had no problem at all with killing those same children before they were born.
December 10, 2012
I think it sucks. When they broke into his home, the punks assumed the risk, and i am glad that they won't be stealing from anyone else. When he is
acquitted of this crime, I hope he sues the state for his incarceration.
Jeff, I've got to say that I'm growing into a major fan of yours with every day. I found your videos only a few months ago on
YouTube and just recently started popping in on your website. Let me say that I love your no-nonsense and simple approach on the topics in your videos and your website is straight forward and easy to navigate. You and everyone else involved should be very proud of what you do there, you have helped me in so many ways that I now look to y'all before I do any buying (I bought the
Ruger 10/22 Takedown and Mini-30 only after researching them and following up with y'all.
December 6, 2012
December 5, 2012
Hey Jeff: I "dogged it" telling you the outcome of my search for a firearm for my wife. Finally settled on a
Smith & Wesson 38 spl. 5 shot revolver. She loves it and is a pretty decent shot. If I wasn't so lazy, we would shoot more and she would really be a good shot. Oh well. Glad to tell you I am overjoyed at finding this site is filled with my brothers in Christ. Hallelujah! We are going to need each other more as the next four years unfolds. The info you provide us is invaluable. Keep up the good work.
November 26, 2012
I saw a Ruger Single Ten in a gun shop in Texas in April and thought about it but then read your review and went back to the shop the next day and bought it.
November 26, 2012
Excellent revolver. Good choice. That is one that can stay in your family for generations.
November 19, 2012
Thank you for your review of the Ruger
SR1911. I am in the market for a new hand gun for the first time in about twenty years. I have decided that I want a 1911 based on a variety of different factors and was delighted to find out that Ruger has entered that market. I have owned a Ruger Security Six, a Mark series 22, and 44 carbine for decades. I have never had them fail on me and find that Ruger designs and manufactures great firearms.
November 17, 2012
Thank you, Sir. I just try to lay out the facts, specifications, functionality, and accuracy, and let the reader make his own decision. I claim no expertise in any field, and for me to try to select the perfect gun for someone else would be like trying to pick out his wife or puppy for him.
Hey Jeff. I'm editing this email I sent you to add some more thoughts:
November 8, 2012
I really like Rubio. He is a good man, and his ethnic background does not factor into my opinion of him. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are also good men. In this nation, we now have more people who want to ride in the wagon than we
have people who are willing to pull the wagon. As long as individuals vote their self-interests over what is best for our nation, we will never return to being freedom-loving people. Freedom is a perfect fit for everyone, regardless of his color. If Republicans must give up our values to win votes, then we will just be
political whores, like the Democrats. I stand by my referencing of Obama supporters as being stupid, but perhaps self-centered and ignorant would be better terms.
All this information about the Browning 1911 - 22 and you leave out the most important thing, "the price" what a waste of my time reading.
November 3, 2012
Prices change, and they vary from dealer to dealer. Therefore, it is impossible to list an accurate price. If you are too lazy to look up the price, you are probably too lazy to shoot.
Hi Jeff. Glad to see that you are back. I just wanted to share my recent experience with Ruger customer service. As you know, concern for the individual customer is a dying practice. So when I e-mailed Ruger CEO Mike Fifer to articulately and nicely express my frustration with the lack of availability of many of their guns, the last thing I expected was a response. Not only did I get an e-mail from Mike, but a couple of weeks later a nice lady named Linda from Ruger sales e-mailed me to tell me that the specific gun I had asked about (a SRH Alaskan 454) was ready to ship to an FFL of my choice. Not only that, but they were asking about 200 bucks less than what most shops have been asking for said firearm. Not only that, they were going to bill me, not ask for payment up front. Dude, I was blown away! I also want to thank you for doing a great job. Because of your reviews, I just bought a full size SW MP 9mm. Your review was spot on. It is the best feeling/handling gun I have ever shot or held. I also love that the CT Lasergrip fits seamlessly on the MP without adding anything to the size/shape of the grip. Keep up the good work, I look forward to your next review.
October 30, 2012
Mike Fifer is a first-class CEO, and a great guy. He really cares about the customer. That is why he did what he did. He does stuff like that everyday. If a gun store somewhere is having a grand opening, or a customer
appreciation day, Mike will go and work the counter in the gun store, not as "Mike Fifer, CEO", but just as "Mike from Ruger". He does this, as do other Ruger executives, several times every year. At the
NRA Show each year, Mike is working the Ruger booth almost all day, every day. He does not even show that he is CEO. He just has a name tag, like everyone else. Mike and other folks at Ruger is why Sturm, Ruger & Co. is producing and selling about 1.2 million firearms this year.
Hi Jeff - First I want to say that there is definitely a place for individual ownership of fire arms in our country. Second, I am one of those that totally believe that the Second Amendment is about State Militias, not individual gun ownership, and that the constitutional question of individual ownership has yet to be addressed. Third, I believe that the Supreme Court has run amok with power that is NOT specified in the Constitution -
Marbury vs. Madison was a disaster that may yet destroy our country! So, essentially I am completely on your side on individual gun ownership, but for completely different reasons. I love the Swiss model, that EVERYONE (women included!) needs to be able to use and maintain small arms and keep them in the home in case of need: personal, community, or national.
Timothy in Seattle
October 29, 2012
I am not writing anything about Obama. We are simply posting his own
words, as they relate to gun ownership. On Constitutional powers, Obama has circumvented Congress hundreds of times, writing executive orders to impose laws that he knows would never pass Congress. He should be hanged for treason.
Your Obama quotes are BULL S**T. You listen to Fox, Rush and the NRA to much. Obama 2012 and Hillary 2016. Deal with it.
September 27, 2012
I am quoting Obama. Those are his statements. If you don't like them, take it up with Obama. Deal with it.
You are right about one thing, sir: these quotes are Obama's own words, so they are indeed BS.
We do not make these quotes up, and we do not inject any editorial comment. We let his own words speak for him.
September 22, 2012
Mr. Quinn, I always enjoy your reviews as you get right to the point and you cover what a shooter wants to know... I am writing you concerning a scope that allows me 300 yd shots with any .22 long rifle gun.
September 19, 2012
I have no experience with that scope, but thanks for the information.
September 11, 2012
On abortion, why should a parent have the right to kill her child, and if she does have that right, why does it end when the child exits her body? Why can she not kill that child after it is born? Same child, only the timing is different. I could make a stronger case in support of killing a teenager than I could for killing a baby. Killing a child is murder, on either side of the vagina.
September 10, 2012
Jeff, As a active law enforcement officer I just wanted to say that your thoughts on the
Colorado Movie theater were spot on! Although I have not been involved in a shooting over my 20 years I have been on numerous investigations involving officer and civilian shootings, and as you articulated the ability to make a precision shot under stress in low light condition (Or daylight for that matter) is extremely difficult. What many people fail to realize is that under the best conditions when stressed, you heart rate climbs, you get tunnel vision, you can experience auditory exclusion and numerous other physical changes that will effect accuracy. Then introduce , low to no light , moving adversary, armed with a assault rifle AND body armor and things are going south real fast. As you said you need to practice and train as much as possible, and I could not agree more. unfortunately dealing with an active shooter is extremely difficult and few police departments train an adequate amount in regards to this type of scenarios, and I am sure a civilian does even less. I could not agree with you more when you said that you will take all the advantages you can get in a gun fight, night sights, lasers etc all come into play when faced with a rapidly developing and dynamic situation. Your video on this issue was well done!
Just finished viewing your video on the Dem & Rep party's stance on our gun
rights. Your common sense approach to the issue and explanation hit right to the heart of the matter. I recommend your site to everyone as one of the best sites pertaining to
what's new in the gun world. Keep up the good work, you are indeed a patriot and we need more people to tell it like it is without the BS. God Bless.
Dept of Def Police - SFC US Army (RET)
September 8, 2012
P. S. that load you sent me for the 44 special worked great!
Thank you for all your valuable information and views. I am an avid reader of your site.
Just finished reading you report on the Democratic & Republican
platforms, very informative. From Texas "THANKS & GOD BLESS US and SAVE
September 7, 2012
Hi ! Russ from VA Bch , VA here. I am not going to ask, but would like to tell that I, just ,brotherly love You guys at GunBlast! Totally agree with You on co-relation between Dem. ( commie ) party & The 2nd Amendment of The US Constitution. 20 years ago I've got out of commie Russia (it's, really, still is ) & now the same "smell " is coming from the convention in Charlotte... Thanks again for all You do ! Real Hope for upcoming Election Day !
September 6, 2012
Thank you, Sir. Glad you mode it over here!
Love your videos Jeff! I have held the very same beliefs in guns and their proper uses and the abilities of the average shooter as you hold since I was a teenager (Class of '72). Back in the day I would take two classmates out for their first experience at shooting, one boy and one girl, and the results were the same. At the end of the day the girl outshot the boy `cause she had no preconceived notions about how to shoot a gun and would listen to my instructions.
Robt has a drumbeat thought pattern put there by public schools that guns are different today and the Founding Fathers could not conceive the difference. Wrongo Robt! The Founding Fathers understood people and Governments and those two things will never change. "Governments are like fire. It is an unruly servant and a fearful master." The Hessian mercenaries that enforced the King's rule here in the Colonies carried unrifled muskets with an effective aimed range of about 70yds. The American Revolutionaries carried rifles with patched round balls invented by the German immigrant gunsmiths of Pennsylvania that were as quick to load but far deadlier at far greater ranges than the King's Mercenaries. We live by the Constitution conceived and written by men who believed that every man ("all the Yeomanry") should be armed no less than and possibly better than any standing army raised by a government so as to assure that government "should not pose a threat to the liberties of its citizens". History is no more taught but rather purposely distorted in public education. That is why we gun owners have such an uphill battle to restore our God given right to self-defense. When the time comes, Robt, `aint nobody else gonna be there to defend you but you. Always carry the best you can.
August 31, 2012
Very well stated, Sir.
Like your videos, Jeff, but if you think your rights to purchase, own and use a gun are being impeded, try living in any other country on the planet. The arguments for unrestricted and unimpeded purchase, possession and use of firearms pose a true disservice to the well-being of both the people and nation. I don't really appreciate the NRA-generated paranoia, anger and hatred, in part because this group is intrinsically linked to Corporate World, but also because the thinly-veiled hatred of NRA opinions and editorials appeals to those of us who won't question what is being stated. Weapons are plentiful in the USA, and purchasing one takes 20 minutes if a person doesn't have a conceal-carry license and even less time if a person does. Having no restrictions on something as serious as buying, possessing and using firearms would be like having no restrictions on drugs of any sort, driving vehicles at any age and in any way or letting Corporate World assure us that smoking cigarettes is both safe and good for one's health. Please don't point to the 2nd Amendment as a source for much of anything . the meaning and intent of context precipitated and limited understanding; they could never have imagined today's weapons nor today's USA . nor today's world.
Robt, First of all, thanks for offering your opinion on this. Your opinion is just as important as mine or anyone else's, and I appreciate you reading Gunblast.
Neither I nor the NRA promote unrestricted ability to purchase firearms. What we do oppose is the government keeping lists of gun purchases, and limits upon the types and quantity of arms purchased. Some places in the US now limit gun purchases to one per month. That is an infringement upon the Constitutional rights of those who would like to purchase two guns per month. I prefer to limit the rights of criminals. By using the term "gun violence", you are falling into the trap. How about the government do something about violence, of all types? The gun is a machine. How is it anyone's business if I own two, or twelve, or hundreds? President Obama has pledged to ban semi-automatic firearms. He has called for a prohibitive tax on ammunition of 500 percent, not because it would raise revenue, but because it would make ammunition unaffordable. He has stated, and this is a direct quote: "I don't believe that people should be able to own guns".
The NRA is not perfect, but for now, they are the best and most powerful lobby that the gun owners in this country have. I don't know what your problem is with the "Corporate World". Millions of people in the US are employed by corporations. The products that we buy are all made by corporations. I am typing this out on a keyboard that was made by a corporation. All of my vehicles were built by corporations. Corporations drive our economy, and our wealth. The consumers have the power to regulate corporations, when we choose to buy or not to buy their products. If you do not like corporations, put your power as a consumer to work. Cut off the electricity to your computer and your home. Get rid of your automobile. Never go to the bank. Never step foot into Walmart. Don't buy any food except from your local farmers. Get rid of your guns, your clothes, your appliances. Everything that was built, imported, or transported by a corporation. I like corporations. There is nothing inherently evil about corporations. Corporations are people. Gunblast. com is incorporated.
On the cigarette issue, it is written on every pack sold here for the past few decades that they are unhealthy. Everyone who lights on up knows that they are unhealthy. It is a personal choice. The fact that cigarettes are made by corporations is irrelevant. Many things are unhealthy. When I walk into Johnny's Big Burger in Clarksville, Tennessee, I have many choices. I can get a small salad with a glass of water, or I can get the double hamburger with fries and sweet tea. For 35 years now, I have gone for the burger, and it shows. Maybe next time I will get the salad, but I doubt it. However, that is my personal choice.
One more thing on the cigarettes; the government's hands aren't clean on this. The reason that cigarettes have not been banned is that they are a huge source of revenue for the government. Government makes more money on a pack of cigarettes than does R J Reynolds. Government also makes more on a gallon of gasoline than does Conoco-Phillips.
Back to the guns. Criminals are going to get guns. Laws only apply to those who obey them. A criminal, by definition, does not obey the law. If somehow we could magically get rid of all guns that were ever built, do you think that would be a better world? There was plenty of violence in the world prior to the invention of the firearm. Of the first two kids born on Earth, one of them killed the other with a rock. Still, we can buy all the rocks we want, by the ton, at the local quarry, without restriction. When there were no firearms, the big trampled upon the small, the young trampled upon the old, and a man would pretty much do to a woman whatever he wanted, just by being more powerful. Today, in the United States, we have guns, and plenty of them. Occasionally, someone will use one to kill another person, but every day, guns are also used to prevent crime. Just as many people are killed by doctors, but doctors are still good to have around. With guns available, the old are not left defenseless against the young, and a petite woman with a gun is not helpless against a three hundred pound man. More importantly, and the reason that our Constitution protects our God-given rights, is so that the people are not helpless against the government. Allowing the Federal government to control the guns is like letting the fox control the henhouse.
Guns are neither good nor bad; they are tools. There is no such thing as gun violence. The gun does nothing. There is human violence, and that will always be with us. To protect ourselves from such, we have guns.
Jeff Quinn - President, Gunblast.com INC.
It's virtually impossible not to notice the Obama bashing on your website. Although my own belief is that personal opinion and that of a business should be mutually exclusive (not unlike the separation of "church and state" as acknowledged in the constitution) it is your site and you may do with it as you choose. I happen to value your opinion when it comes to things related to the firearms industry. I actually kind of like you as well in a distant, "he seems decent" sort of way. I believe you are well intentioned and honest too. What I think reflects poorly on you and your website is that throughout all your editorializing regarding Obama, which shows him in a negative light, you (and all the other pundits in their respective pursuits) fail to offer any real alternatives of value or, for that matter, at all. I believe this is a terrible weakness on your (and everyone else's) part. I haven't read, for example, who it is that you think is better in any way and who has any real chance of succeeding at reaching the presidency of the USA. Given that, what's the point of the criticism??? That tells me your view is limited in scope, in spite of your good intentions, and subsequently of little value, all things considered (as all things haven't been). It's vaguely like simply telling a person who has a flat tire he won't reach his/her destination because of it but neglecting to mention that the car he's or she is taking the trip in also doesn't have a motor or suggesting how the goal can be accomplished. I think that person isn't going to be helped much by what you've said. Good intentions (by you) for sure, but there's a lot more involved in helping that person reach their goal(s).
August 10, 2012
Thanks for that feedback. I have many opinions about Mr. Obama, but on our website, I only post his own words, quoted with the source, as it pertains to gun ownership. Since we are a gun website, we are not posting his support of infanticide, nor his socialist views on government. However, when Mr. Obama states that he does not believe that people should own firearms, that is very relevant to what we do, and our readers should have that information. I am not telling folks how to vote, but instead just reporting Mr. Obama's own words on the matter.
Thank you for that illuminating writeup of the Beowulf .50 cal. Overwatch
rifle. You covered all the important points and spent some time with the question of longer range accuracy, which seems to be one of the most often asked. Your final comment answered any further questions anyone would have, you just said "buy it"! Excellent advice from someone who's been there, done that, carries a lot of weight.
August 9, 2012
I have been reading your website for about the last 18 months or so and it's great. Keep it up.
ARGHANDAB District, Afghanistan
July 30, 2012
Outstanding web site !!!!! As to the commander-in- chief's
statements, does not matter when they were made - he is anti-gun, anti 2nd
Amendment and will lie to get the first ten Amendments done away with. The first ten
Amendments are God-given, no man or government can take them away or change them!!!
July 15, 2012
July 8 2012
Thank you, Sir. It is a very good pistol, and priced way below anything in its class.
Hi Jeff. I just made my daily visit to Gunblast. com and was greeted by a quote from BHO that made me want to vomit. As an Illinois resident, I hunger for the gun privileges and rights that my neighboring states (pretty much the whole U. S.) are blessed with. But because I reside in "the president's state", I am looked at with suspicion and skepticism when I go to purchase ammo, even in my own state. Even after I have produced my foid card the people behind the counter tend to look at you with a "what's he up to" look on their faces. Whenever I visit an Indiana gun shop and I happen to mention where I'm from, I hear such things as "I'm sorry" or the ever popular " Yeah, it's pretty bad over there." I've read comments from other readers who profess to be gun enthusiasts but at the same time want to bash Gunblast for sharing the truth about our president. Anyone who supports this president and his anti-gun agenda is NOT a supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights, a gun enthusiast, or a true patriot. That's not my imagination talking, it's merely truth supported by the presidents own words. Jeff, Boge, and Greg: keep up the good work and keep sharing the facts. And for those who don't agree with me, don't worry. If re-elected, Obama is coming for ALL our guns and gun rights. Not just Illinois's. BTW, my wife and I looked at a house across the river today. I truly hope this one works out. God Bless.
July 7, 2012
Some people do not want to know the truth about our President. He is not a friend of freedom-loving Americans.
July 7, 2012
Thank you, Sir, for the kind words. The drivel written by some of the paper magazines is the reason that we started Gunblast. com twelve years ago. I am glad you found us!
July 6, 2012
It is made by Arno Bernard in South Africa. Superb blade, and available with many exotic handles. The one that I usually carry is this:
but most recently, I have been carrying this: http://www.arnobernard.com/servlet/the-221/Kudu--dsh--Sheep-horn/Detail.
I have been turning to Gunblast. com as one of my trusted sources for gun reviews for a while now. Interestingly enough, after watching Kirk Cameron's "Monumental" movie tonight about the Christian heritage of our nation and the strategy of faith-based liberty in its founding, I was browsing the web, and decided to look at Jeff's review on a new gun. I just happened to notice your Greg's Corner section, and got curious. Ran through a couple of your articles, and was happy and blessed to see such faith connected to a site that I have been drawn to for a while. Thanks for being an encourager and serving Jesus. I will be reading more of your articles.
July 1, 2012
Hi Mr. Quinn! I just wanted to praise you for doing something very few gun writers do anymore. I read your excellent review of the
Charter Arms Off-Duty. The review was typically good, as done by you, but the fact that you tried it out at 25 yds speaks volumes for you, IMHO!!!!! I don't know what has happened to today's gun scribes, but I get the feeling that many of them have extremely dumbed-down skills as shooters. Years ago, it was not uncommon to read reviews by some of the old timers which commonly wrung out a handgun gun at 50 yards or even more, giving us an idea of what the gun was capable of. Today, you almost never see a review of a handgun which was shot beyond ten or fifteen yards. I want to hurl when I read a review in a gun magazine about a duty-sized sidearm, and the writer only fired it out to about seven yards, sometimes less. The department I retired from still requires its officers to qualify out to 25 yds with their duty weapons, as they should, and the same for any off-duty weapons an officer may wish to be qualified with, per department policy. Now in retirement, I qualify with a G-29 and my old 4" "issue" S&W Model 65 for HR-218/LEOSA carry, every year. We have to qualify with a revolver to carry any revolver and a semi-auto to carry any semi-auto. Because the course is centered around a six shot revolver, I use the Model-65 as it is a better fit for the course.
July 1, 2012
This is typical service from Charter. Nick Ecker and his crew do an excellent job of keeping the customer happy and their guns running well.
Hi Jeff, Sorry I tried to post this on your feedback site but my computer wouldn't recognize the email url. Anyway I was wanting to give you and your readers a little warning from a country that has had gun ownership ripped from us.
In Australia several years ago we had a massacre by a simpleton who was able to kill two elderly legitimate gun owners then steal their rifles (guns that were locked in a gun safe) and attached a tourist centre killing thirty people 'the Port Arthur Massacre'. This was enough for the anti gun lobby to take on gun owners in this country. They won political sway with lies and exaggerations, we lost the right to own semi automatic rifles, every gun had to be individually licensed and be in the possession of the licensee only, we then had to prove to the government we have legitimate reason for owning a gun. Usually written permission from a farmer to shoot on his land or a gun club membership (which means six competition shoots a year) personal or family protection is not a reason and in fact frowned upon.
As far as hand guns it is all but impossible to get a license. If you are lucky to get one you have to be a member of a registered pistol club and submit 12 competition match cards a year to keep the license, you are not allowed to carry a pistol under any circumstances except to and from the range. If a policeman finds even one bullet loose (that is not locked in a safe or a travel case) you can be jailed.
Apart from the legal limitation is the social stigma gun owners have to endure we are constantly portrayed in the media as trigger happy rednecks not to be trusted. When we are stopped by the traffic police we are identified as a gun owner when our license is checked so are often asked if we have the rifles in the car, even if we say no they search our cars to make sure; of course, if they find any ammunition in the car we are arrested. The crazy thing is since the new gun restrictions we have seen a steady increase in gun crime on our streets usually using smuggled guns by organized criminals. As I write this we have a full blown Bikie war going on in Sydney with nightly drive by shootings into peoples houses, some homes with children. These houses are often in respectable up market suburbs and many victims are not involved with the bikies they maybe relatives or friends of a biker, and some times the shooter just takes a guess at which house the bikie maybe live in. Meanwhile the police say they are doing the best they can yet they are being shot by these criminals with illegal weapons.
Gun owners are not permitted to protect their homes or loved ones with their legal firearms, if we are attacked and return fire, we the licensed gun owner, are arrested for discharge a firearm in a public place; it seems gun owners are not allowed to protect themselves with anything more than harsh language. We just have to let the thug attack us and hope the Police care enough to follow it up if we survive.
Jeff, please let your readers know not to let the antigun idiots get toe hold legislation that will deny you access to your guns because once they start they will not stop until shooting is a thing of the past, they will take your guns just as they have taken ours. It seems that when you take gun off the lawful the outlaws are the only ones who have guns.
Thanks for listening and I hope you can put this little view from the land down under in your magazine.
June 30, 2012
Thank you for that first-hand information. I remember seeing the pictures of piles of fine guns waiting to be destroyed in Australia a few years ago.
Austin Thompson of Hagerstown MD
June 29, 2012
Thank you, Austin, for those encouraging words. God can get you through anything, and for the really tough stuff, he gave us guns.
As I am sure you have observed, we are becoming a nation of takers, with many in our society expecting and receiving a free ride, paid for by others. The liar Obama promises all things to everyone. He promises to take from those who work and to give to those who do not. To many people, that is what they want to hear.
Mr. Quinn, Best wishes from Nova Scotia, Canada. Nice site excellent reviews and videos. Keep up the good work. The only part of your site I find confusing are your, and many Americans objection to universal healthcare? It has worked here in Canada, also the UK, France and many other countries. For a wealthy and progressive country like USA it seems like a no brainer. Could be I just don't follow US politics, let alone Canadian politics.
June 26, 2012
I am sure that it works, but it is socialism by definition. Anytime the government is involved, it costs more and is of lower quality. I see nothing at all wrong for me paying for my own food, shelter, clothing, and health care. After all, somebody has to pay for it. Might as well be the person who is receiving the service. If anyone wants to spread the risk, they can always buy insurance, as we do for our automobiles and homes. I see no reason why my neighbor should pay for my health care, and me pay for his.
Jeff, as you know I get to see a lot of new guns come through the leather shop. I am pretty set in my way with 1911s & S&W revolvers doing most everything I need for a self defense carry. BUT, this new little S&W Shield is one heck of a little gun. Light & flat, I can forget it's there in a good pancake holster. The trigger and accuracy are what really sold me on the well though out little gun. S&W has achieved the rare mark of a compact gun that points like a service sized gun.
Rob Leahy - Simply Rugged Holsters
Yep. S&W got it right with the new Shield.
HI, Jeff. Just a quick & pleasant e-mail. I am the general Manager of Outdoor Emporium in Seattle, WA. We are a LARGE independent (and very successful) retailer of sporting goods including over 650 firearms on display every day.
June 7, 2012
Paul, It sounds like you have a great bunch of people working for you there! I think a ten percent raise across the board is in order!
I just wanted to take the time to say I just found your web-site and LOVE it. I am a communications professional and small businessman that has spent the last 20 years in sales and radio. During all that time I have had the chance to meet a lot of different people. In recent years I have begun to think that the rest of the world has lost their minds or hearts or guts. I will sleep better tonight knowing that there are still God fearing, gun loving AMERICAN MEN like me that still have a passion for life, their families and God. I look forward to learning more about this band of brothers that make up your group. I hope to shake your hand someday. God's speed to you and the gang.
May 30, 2012
From the hills of Arkansas
May 27, 2012
Both are very good cartridges, and the debate goes on between which is better; heavy and slow or light and fast. You can't quantify with numbers the effects of a 45 compared to a 357 Sig. Either will do the job. On paper, the 357 looks better, but a man killed with a 357 is no deader than the man killed with the 45.
enjoyed your information on heavy .357 loads from buffalo bore. 40 years ago I started loading the Lyman Keith 168 grain bullet over 13 grains of 2400 (Hercules) used in a S&W Model 28 with 6" barrel & an early Hawes S. A. ( a tool room prototype ) floating firing pin recessed chamber heads with a 5&1/2" barrel both extremely accurate out to almost unbelievable range.... I cast the bullets hard. always enjoy your sight, very informative and knowledgeable, a class act Gentlemen, thank you.
May 22, 2012
Sounds like a good 357 load. Most shooters want to go to lighter bullets for more velocity, and there is a place for that, but I like the heavier bullets. That Keith 168 is a fine choice.
"Remington Versamax Auto Fighting
Shotgun": The absolute BEST review in the last 10 years. Really!
May 19th, 2012
Jeff, I am 56 years old, new to the world of shooting- my wife and I just purchased his and her
Glocks (17 and 19) for our "home security
system" and to learn about and enjoy shooting handguns at our local indoor range. I enjoy your website and often read the emails by some of your readers. The responses you give to the emails assure me that your website (and you) are well informed and are an asset to those of us "out there" looking for more information. That said, I must defend your "political" points of view and want you to know that there is support out there for your defense of gun rights as viewed politically. As it is, we all know it's conservatives who support the views of gun owners, not liberals. My point is this, keeping Obama in office will be a detriment to gun owners, plain and simple. It's a proven fact, seen all over the news and websites, that it's liberals who want more gun control-so it's
difficult for me to understand why liberal gun owners (who read your webpage) are offended by your posting of statements made by Obama. Keep up the good work, and please don't stop publishing factual quotes from our best gun
salesman - Barack Obama.
May 13, 2012
Mr. Quinn your expertise with regards to firearms is unquestionably right on. Unfortunately you refuse to stop there. Not that you don't have the right to your political opinion, you do, but a gun review magazine is not the proper forum for your right-wing babble. Besides, there alot of Liberal, (yes I'm Liberal and proud!) gun owners and hunters that you are offending. Stay on subject.
May 10th, 2012
I only make political comment if it affects gun ownership. If there is a politician who wants to stomp upon our Constitutional rights to gun ownership, that is relevant to what we do.
Re Obama's 1996 statement ("I
don't believe that people should be able to own guns."), that must be why he signed the bill allowing citizens to carry guns in National Parks.
May 2nd, 2012
He signed that bill because the Congress had enough votes to over-ride his veto. Had he vetoed the bill, it would have been a political embarrassment for him. You can draw your own conclusions, and your vote is every bit as important as mine. I am just here to inform. We are also watching Romney closely. His record is not perfect on gun rights either.
Thanks for showing, pointing out statements from the President. Surveys show that boys raised without a full time and decent father don't turn out as well. We also know some boys turn out fine and some don't. His father was not raised in the U. S. and had opinions not like ours. Thanks, you gave me something to think about.
April 23, 2012
I appreciate your feedback on this. However, the quotes are not an opinion, just quotes from Obama. i will give it some thought, but gun owners need to be aware of Obama's views towards gun ownership.
April 17, 2012
April 11, 2011
I appreciate that Feedback. The problem with Obama is that he is now a politician, and carefully chooses his statements to the public. In the 2008 campaign, I personally heard him state that he would support a ban on semi-automatic firearms. He has also stated to the Brady Foundation that gun control is on his agenda in his second term, but that for now, he wants to keep things, as he stated "under the radar". Usually, a man's core beliefs do not change. It is in Obama's character to want more control over citizen's lives, as is evidenced by everything that he does and says. If Obama has changed his mind, he should positively say so. However, I would not believe him, as he has a track record of not telling the truth. It looks as if he will be running against Romney, and as governor, Romney's record was also not pro-gun. I intend to watch both men closely on this.
Quoting someone on statements made in the past is relevant. My wife often brings up stuff that I said twenty years ago, and I hear people quote Jesus Christ on statements that he made twenty centuries ago. Our past defines who we are, and is an indicator of where we are going.
ED. NOTE: As Webmaster, I am responsible for putting that quote from Obama on our main page. It represents no opinion of any of us here at Gunblast; it merely repeat a statement that he himself made, uncolored by our opinion or yours. I intend to rotate Obama's statements relating to our firearms freedom as I find them, so our readers can see for themselves what the man has to say; the latest statement I posted was from his 2006 book, "The Audacity of Hope".
Well, I was all excited about Jeff's article on the Judge, and went out that same day to buy one. It is exactly what I wanted for home invasion defense and for traveling alone on long trips. I was happy. Then.... I checked out the Feedback site and came across the
comment RE: Rush L. from
Jeff. You surprised me, Jeff. I sure do appreciate your pithy acerbic perspectives, but this response was just pointless and danged mean. I hope you don't have any daughters, as my guess is that they will probably have self-esteem issues being raised by an apparent misogynist dad who sounds like he might have issues with women.. especially strong ones. There are far too many men out there who think it's OK to demean and tear down women. It seems that as .long as any woman backs what a man says, it's OK.... but if she doesn't endorse what he says or believes, he has the right to demean her in the most vile and disrespectful ways possible. Whether it be liberal (Bill Mahler) or conservative (Rush Limbaugh), no woman, not a wife, daughter, mother, or sister is well served by this treatment. Psychologists say that men who hate women use criticism to demean and control..... it's an anger issue misplaced. We women love you guys! Enough with the trash talk.
March 26, 2012
I absolutely love women. They are without a doubt my favorite of the two sexes. My point was not to degrade her as a woman, but to point out that we each should bear the cost for our own behavior. I would have stated the same if it was a man wanting someone else to pay for his immoral behavior. I don't mind the fact that she is promiscuous. That is her business, as I stated in my answer. My point was that she should pay for her own birth control. Why should you and I and everyone else have to pay for it? The comment about the nickel was to make the point that birth control can be very inexpensive. If she needed cancer drugs or financial help with some other health issue, I would gladly send her some money, but she is wanting the rest of us to pay for her lifestyle habits. Personally, I think that she should not be involved sexually until she is married, but again, that is her business. It becomes my business when she EXPECTS the rest of us to pay for it.
Just performed the "poor man's trigger
job" on my Ruger Single Six. Wow! Totally K. I. S. S. simple and what a difference. My Ruger Bisley Hunter should be in this week. Guess what the first thing is I'm gonna do to it... Thanks guys love the website.
March 12, 2012
Love your reviews Mr. Quinn. Your site is one of my first stops whenever I'm in looking for a new gun or just want to know more about a particular model. Picture heavy with plenty of great info. Thank you.
March 12, 2012
March 6, 2012
In today's world, he should not have made those true statements about that woman's immoral behavior.
I have recently purchased the Ruger SR
40, I was not disappointed with my decision to purchase this weapon. The SR 40 is the first 40 cal. pistol I own, or shot for that matter. I put 30 rounds down range the day after purchase, and I honestly expected more recoil. I was pleasantly surprised on how smooth this gun fired. I will also point out that cost was definitely a factor that
led me to this purchase. An American made weapon that is affordable, that doesn't compromise on quality honestly what is not to like about it. It will count as Ruger number 3 that I own. I would recommend the SR 40 to anyone who is looking for an affordable, American made pistol in this caliber. The safety features, and ease of cleaning are also worthy of praise. If there was to be a down side I could only point out the box it comes with is not something I would keep this weapon stored in. That being said If it's not in the holster, It should be in a safe. After all Ruger still has to make production decisions that they can make money at. Looking forward to shooting this weapon more and carrying with me as a quality side-arm while hunting.
March 4, 2012
March 2, 2012
I love your folks take on the shot
shows. Fast and to the point and a greater variety than others. Keep up the good work!
January 23, 2012
January 22, 2012
Dear; Joe, I do not see the need for handguns of need type. I live in NYC and feel like they should be band I feel perfectly safe with out them. And never felt the need to have one. My Dad had hunting guns. Witch are OK with me. I don't feel a hunting rifle is a big deal to posses. If you want to shoot a deer It's Ok with me. I have no problem with it. But hand guns are not to go hunting with. There for killing people. and that all there good for. In my option. Take them away and we would not deal with death like we do.
Long Island NY
January 21, 2012
Hallie, I respect your opinion, but you are misinformed. Handguns can be used, and are daily, to stop violence. It is all dependent upon the user. Handguns are also used for hunting, but back to the more important use, they are used to save lives. If someone kicks in your door late one night, what would you do? Call 911? The police would arrive in maybe five minutes, if you are lucky. Do yourself a favor. Imagine that your door has been kicked in by three thugs with knives and intentions to make you their play-toy, before slitting your pretty throat. Now, sit down and watch the clock for a full five minutes. After a few seconds, you will realize that the police will not arrive in time to help you. If the police do show up before your death, they will be carrying handguns. Those handguns will be used to save the lives of you and them. The police have no more right to a handgun than do you. They are paid to do a job which you are not willing to do for yourself. The handgun is a tool. It is neither bad nor good, but can be used for bad or good, depending upon the evil or good within the user. If we could take away all handguns, and there existed none anywhere, do you believe that violence would stop, and that criminals would all join hands and sing songs? Many tools can be used to perpetrate violence. The handgun is, again, merely a tool, but it is a very handy tool with which to bring a violent act to a sudden stop.
I recently purchased a Remington Versa Max 12
ga. I read your article about it before purchasing the shotgun and it helped convince me to purchase this gun; I am not totally sold on a item just because the manufacturer makes wonderful claims. I must admit you were right on, the
Versa Max is awesome! Round after round has been fired through it perfectly! The recoil of this shotgun is non-existent! It's nothing to go through 200 rounds of shells in one day, flawlessly. It's easy to clean and maintain. Thanks for your evaluation on this shotgun. Keep up the great work and looking forward to your other articles.
January 1, 2012
December 29, 2011
I am familiar with other opinions on the matter. My article simply states mine. I can find a design flaw in just about any machine ever built, if that is my goal. No design is foolproof, and there is no shortage of fools in this world. One should never, ever allow the muzzle to point at anything that should not be shot. Firearms are dangerous. That is why we buy them instead of non-firing replicas. I do not think that changing my opinion so that I agree with others would be an improvement to my article. However, we will post this in our FEEDBACK section, to allow others to access that information, in order to form their own opinions. Thanks for the links.
Dear Mr. Quinn,
December 26, 2011
Jeff gives excellent evaluations on the weapons he tests. they are easy to understand and you truly get a feel for the weapon after reading his review. Anytime
I am interested in a weapon I'm not familiar with I look to see if GunBlast has reviewed it. This time it was the
FN SLP Mark I Semi-Auto 12 Gauge Shotgun. My compliments to everyone at GB for great work.
December 26, 2011
Having carried the S&W Bodyguard 380 in my pocket for a few months now (I have a concealed carry license from the commonwealth of Puerto Rico to do so legally) I agree on everything you stated on your article. In addition, I really appreciated all the valuable info. and statistics on the bullets to use in this weapon. I am using Hornady Critical Defense hollowpoint
in mine. I really like your writing style, is packed with so much useful information, very interesting and enjoyable writing style, too. Keep up the good work, Jeff !!!
December 26, 2011
Boy-O-Boy Jeff. right on! Ruger #1A, #1-S, #1-H are likely the finest US made rifles, ever! And by the old standard of "you get what you pay for". I think they are a BARGAIN!
December 15, 2011
Thanks for the review on the Taurus
PT1911, I spent many weeks looking for a Knew 1911 and talked with countless people who own them , I found everyone had an opinion about a different gun from Kimbers to
Colt to Springfield, Smith@ Wesson etc!!!, I own a Remington Rand military pistol my father passed down from WWII and have fired thousands of rounds
through it myself. But it was time to retire it, when I mentioned the Taurus all I would hear is it was OK for the price you pay, but it's not a so and so, its cheaply made,
buy it and you will wish you had bought something else so on and so on, but I kept reading and decided to give it a try and wow this thing is one nice gun PERIOD it shoots circles around my old WWII gun, took it out to the range with a bunch of guys and everyone asked why I wasted my money . but at the end of the day it was more accurate more robust and didn't have 1 miss fire in 250 rounds , More that I can say for some of the others .so everyone was chomping at the bit to tear it down and show me the shortcomings of this Gun, so I agreed as long as we pulled there's down first so they could point out the reasons why they spent upwards of 1250.00 all the way to 2500.00 difference in price .they pulled down there Kimbers colts S@Ws and 1
Glock. Pointed out the speed triggers forged internals ported ramps ect on and on when we pulled this gun down all I heard was silence not one comment not one . I asked these guys to point out the shortcomings. Still not one comment . in fact I thought the Taurus workings looked higher quality but that was just from the surface it had every option the $2500.00 gun had and was just as accurate, that gun has fired 5000 rds of every kind of ammunition imaginable , not one issue yet . bought my son one the other day $600.00 and still shooting great , say what you will the proof is in the pudding my dad always said and the pudding is high quality bar None Oh and the cross breed super tuck deluxe is one nice carry holster , Most comfortable holster I have ever Used to carry with
December 6, 2011
I have had four of the Taurus 1911 pistols in here, and have disassembled every one of them for a careful inspection. All were very well-made, and functioned perfectly. I especially like the full size lightweight version. dandy pistols!
Thank you for articles. I research the firearms that I am interested in and rely heavily on the information you provide. I Recently read the review on the
Ruger SR40, and have to agree that it is what you stated and now I and my wife are
happily shooting with good success, very pleased with the accuracy and reliability, and it easy for my wife to rack.
Neil and Roxanne
November 26, 2011
Mr.: Jeff, just read your article on the Kel-Tec Sub2000
9mm, I was interested on this type of weapon for some time now because of the compatibility of the ammo to my other weapons, and was looking for some writings on it, by the way I find your articles honest and full of information, not movies type junk, I like to thank you for helping me make this choice and will continue
to read and watch your articles.
November 14, 2011
Me again!! Just read your 2008 Weatherby Vanguard article, since I am looking at them for my first centerfire rifle purchase. Your comment about not putting the
MSRPs in article except for this one because price is the big factor of this article. I just wrote another reviewer who didn't add prices either. I think
MSRPs should be added for historical reasons, plus it is very handy when you are making purchase comparisons that then would require more searching at a dif location for the price.
October 27, 2011
I have had, many times, when the price has been listed, folks emailing me two years later complaining that I should go in and change the prices when they increase. With around 950 reviews posted, I cannot keep up with every price change on that many weapons. I always give a link to the manufacturer's website, and folks can click on that link for pricing information. If people are too lazy to do that, they are probably not going to buy the weapon anyway.
October 22, 2011
October 15, 2011
September 28, 2011
You, sir, are a good man.
I just wanted to comment on reducing hammer spring tension. I've done it the author's way, but after doing much research on spring travel, I found out that the spring does not have the same tensioning through the complete action of the spring when compressed. I found out that it is better to cut out the center section of about 1&1/2 inches. This allows the spring to retain its tension throughout the spring travel. I also ordered a spring set for my Uberti from Wilson springs and the mainspring for the hammer was cut out from the center rather than on each side. I've since done action jobs on Civil War re-enactor's black powder pistols as well. I cut the center out of the spring leaving about 1/4" on each side. This greatly reduced the force needed to draw the hammer back and did not affect the ability to pop a cap.
September 21, 2011
You are correct.
My husband bought me a Walther P22 without really knowing anything about them besides hearing they were good for women. We both fell in love with it. A few weeks later he was buying a gun with a little more wallop but not intimidating to shoot like his 44. I couldn't believe how little kick it had (which is what I was afraid of). Having 3 small children I also couldn't believe how safe it is. My husband loves it too because how light it is, having a bad hip it is perfect for him. It is a fun and accurate gun to shoot. I feel safe seeing the hammer and knowing what position it is in. I have very little handgun experience and the first time I shot the PK380 I was closer to the target than the first time I shot my P22. It is very similar to shooting the P22. I highly recommend this gun for women and men alike. The price is good and I can't find a thing wrong to say about it. I really enjoy reading your articles you hit the PK380 spot on.
September 21, 2011
Hey Greg, Just read your excellent article on Shooter's Choice products. I always learn something new and valuable from y'all. Excellent research and much appreciated. Keep it up and thank you sir.
Boge - what a great article on the antiqued Uberti! I've got one homebrewed actually by Cimarron on this side of the pond as they didn't have any "original finish" .44 Sp in the shipping pipeline at the time and volunteered to "do" a new regular P they happened to have on the inspection bench. Then I had my smith--Bob James of famed SAA/fast draw--locally here in Phoenix give it an action tune and replaced the factory wood grips with a set of oversize 3rd Gen Colt "hard rubbers" (Colt had sent him as seconds 'cause oversize for Colt)--and antique (smooth--but not to melted look--them to match). Like you, one of my favorite guns. Also had him "antique" a NOS Rodeo .44 Sp I lucked into from Trail CreekTrade Co. It came out great, but a touch too "clean" (in my posted pics it looks more clean yet, not showing the flutes which we did leave a touch bluing in like yours ). Back to your project, if you scanned some of my various posts on various forums, I too have been touting the notion of the base matte Uberti like yours (as you say, currently Chisolm) as the perfect platform for budget DIY antiquing job... and how I viewed that role being the value of that particular gun (as I cant stand the matte). Unfortunately, Uberti does not--at least to us civilians--sell a .44 Spin that finish (or any Uberti labeled gun I can tell... have to go to Cimarron or Taylors for that, and they either don't have a matte version or of so also not in .44 Sp)... or I'd like another one done off that base matte finish. I've got several various Ruger Vaqueros, New Vaqueros, the USFA and a non catalogued .44 Sp "4th" gen Colt SAA, all great guns... but the "aged" Uberti (Cimarron), like you, I have a hard time putting down! I'd like to see what a good homebrew on a Ruger would look like. I understand the only downside is the bare metal underneath is brighter than the Colt or clones. I do wish Ruger'd put more of a bevel on their cylinders per the 1st Gen Colts (and all Ubertis and USFA's. I've seen). The New Vaqueros have a mild bevel or chamfer, but don't hit the corners. What say you to another project?!
Btw, a friend and each I got a Gunslinger from Gary @ USFA/Frontier a few years ago. I had to sell mine (to my friend) when I was a bit cash poor... My only beefs are a) they've now (past 2+years) gone way up to a street price approaching a Pre War--or at least their standard SA with an option or two and b) they're a bit dark and "sooty" looking--at least our examples, compared to IMO your (and my) more realistic looking ones. I like that on yours and mine you can actually "see" them and the aging features better.
August 23, 2011
July 30, 2011
Take Care and God Bless,
July 29, 2011
July 27, 2011
Thank you, Sir. Our advertisers enable us to do what we do, and we try to only take advertisers whom we know treat customers fairly. Greg sells most of the ads, and Boge developed the layout of our entire website. I just pull triggers and have fun, in addition to enduring the time at this keyboard.
Jeff - Since January I've been following Gunblast. com very closely ... even read every archived article that could be of any interest.
July 25, 2011
It takes many kinds of folks to make up this world. It would be pretty boring if we all thinked alike. I welcome diverse opinions.
I just came across Your place and got to reading Greg's
Corner. I love it !!! I'm a gun-totin', Harley-ridin', white-bearded, Bible-thumpin' preacher and I agree 100% with everything I've read so far. Thanks.
May The LORD make His face to shine upon You and Yours. Till later...
July 18, 2011
Hi Pastor Jesse,
Hello Jeff, how are you? After careful consideration, I've come to the conclusion that Handguns and Sniper Rifles HELP the ATTACKERS (the bad guys) more than they do the defenders (the good guys).
June 30, 2011
I see your point, but disagree. When we start putting firearms into
categories of what is "good" and what is "bad", we will lose all of them. Any rifle can be an assault rifle. Any rifle can be a sniper rifle. Any rifle can be a hunting rifle. Any rifle can be a target rifle.
Read your article "Can you Reach your
weapon?" and I have to say that this is an article every person should read, gun enthusiast or not. A man's (or woman's) responsibility for the safety of themselves and for their family is a personal responsibility that no enforcement agency can fill. If only we all understood that I believe fewer innocent people would be killed, and there would be fewer violent repeat-offenders.
June 15, 2011
I added a 5.5" Tactical Solutions red/fluted barrel threaded for the tac/Sol muzzle brake to my brand new Browning Buck Mark, WOW what a change!! Much lighter than the original Buck Mark and the muzzle brake actually takes almost all muzzle rise out of the gun. It shoots like one of the old 22 short Pardini GSO or Walther OSP rapid fire guns.... I built this gun up for my wife to compete in bullseye competition with a Burris lightweight red dot (Dr clone). This thing is a tack driver. I`m shooting 97+/- rapid fire targets, and it still needs a good trigger job! I may set a side my Walther ssp and build up another for myself. We shoot in a bullseye league so the muzzle brake, and red dot are all legal mods. If I could get a pair of Rink grips custom made for it, I might make master. This is as much gun for the $ as you you can get for the price . Under a thousand total investment and it shoots as good as my $2500.00 Walther. I am amazed this combo hasn`t caught fire yet.... YET!!!!!
May 20, 2011
That TacSol barrel makes a world of difference.
May 16, 2011
Leading up to purchasing my 1st gun, a G19, last year, I spent countless hours on forums reading, researching & learning from those much wiser than myself. On the glocktalk forum I came across a sponsor's raffle thread & figured what the heck & bought 5 tix at $10 each. I'm no gambler but I figured that with the extremely high quality of prizes I could afford to throw down some dough. I ended up winning the Suenami Grayman knife & was very impressed! Now mind you, I'm a knife guy and have a dozen swords as well as several knives, mostly cheap so that if they get lost I won't get too pissed off. Upon learning of my prize I looked up the site, checked out what I had won & was highly anticipating the prize. Upon seeing the pictures on the site as well as their other products I realized that I was getting a tool appreciated by the military community in general. To show my appreciation (I don't believe in luck, just timing, chance & God's will) I wrote Grayman a thank you email telling them how the knife far exceeded my expectations for quality and durability. took a picture holding the knife and attached it to the email. They replied back & I was as impressed with their attitude as I was with their product. Over a year later, out of the blue, I got an email from them again saying that a customer wanted to make a donation to a veteran or deploying soldier & they thought of me! After exchanging emails a few times, they were offering to let me pick out any knife on the site, fully customized & they would only charge him the base price (an 8" for the price of a 5"). Having the 5" Suenami already & with a deployment to the stan coming up later this year, I wanted something bigger but not huge to keep on me on missions outside the wire & keep the Suenami back at the FOB for everyday stuff. I ended up getting the Sub-Saharan 7 & couldn't be happier! http://graymanknives.com/subs.html Any chance I get I tell people about Grayman knives' quality & matching attitude, something rarely seen nowadays in my opinion. As a veteran of OIF, I get questions a lot from guys about SOG, Benchmade & other high price knives. The answer is easy, Grayman.
Thanks for your articles,
SPC Gerow, US Army NG, 21B
April 26, 2011
Hello Jeff, I purchased my Model 12 BVSS in .22-250 (August 22, 2010 for my birthday) prior to reading your article (dated April 25 , 2006) and it always a relief to read a comprehensive report from someone as your self who has the skill level to determine the good and the not so good with any particular rifle. As it is with many people like myself it is hard to turn loose your hard earned money only to find out later that it was a bad financial choice to purchase something that folks just do not like for whatever reason. After reading your article a few items came to light. First you are a much better marksman than I every will be, but I know that the rifle has the potential to shoot tight groups as long as I put in the practice required, and maintain the rifle properly. Secondly it had a number of features I was unaware of until you pointed them out. I use a jewel triggers in all three of my 40X .22 caliber rifles (Two are CMP rifles and one I purchased from the Remington custom shop in the green stock) and I have no intention of replacing it. Once you shoot those shoot those triggers it becomes the standard from which you judge everything else, but in the case of my Model 12 BVSS it breaks clean and I have no issues, but I have no idea at what weight as I do not own a gage in which to measure it. regardless it operates smoothly and I have no complaints in its operation. I also was unaware that it had HS Stock, as mine is not marked as such. So I take it something changed during the production run between the time of your evaluation and my purchase, as my stock is not marked like yours is. Other wise the stocks appear identical.
I live in Augusta Georgia so it is very common to be at my local range and have someone with a Jarrett made rifle on the line shooting next to you. His bean field rifle goes for more than a couple months salary for me so it is with great joy that those that shoot them enviably will ask what I am shooting followed by the question asking what did I pay for it ($727.00 plus tax). the look in their eyes (to steal a line we are all familiar with is priceless) I ordered it from Dicks sporting goods and had it in two weeks. It arrived and had everyone at the counter saying very nice things about the look of the rifle. Which made me feel good as I was writing them their check. I was proud of it before I ever shot it. I put my old trusty Leupold fixed power 45X (week 51 year old eyes) but I can see it hit the bull when I do everything correctly. It is the rifle that started me to shoot in local competitions though I never really do as well as I would like too but even with artificial knuckles in my right hand I can still hold my own. I wanted to tell you that your articles are fun for me to read as it is as though you are speaking directly to me and that adds to the enjoyment because you never talk down to your readers, you inform us and that my friend is what a good writer should always do. Report his or her observations on what they experienced and nothing more. Thank you for a good evening of reading and keep on being yourself. If are ever down my way stop on by and lets bust a few caps and talk the sport over a cold one (not at the same time of course)
Your biggest fan in Augusta, Georgia. Where golf ain't he only thing we shoot.
April 25, 2011
April 21, 2011
April 19, 2011
The Glock 22 and 23 are pretty easy to cycle, as is the Ruger SR40. Do not try to pull back the slide with your thumb and forefinger. Instead, grasp the top of the slide with your hand, and push it to the rear. You will be pushing towards each other with your two hands. Much easier that way.
April 17, 2011
When Ruger built the LC9, they had California in mind, and designed the weapon from the start to comply with California law.
I really appreciate the way you define abbreviations and terms in your articles. I am somewhat of a newcomer to shooting although I did serve in Cu Chi, Vietnam in 68. I have real world experience but little actual knowledge of the thousands of firearms and jargon.
April 13, 2011
I always try to keep in mind that everyone has to start somewhere, and that I was also a beginner many years ago. Thanks for reading Gunblast. com.
Good day sir i am from Montreal in Quebec and i am a rifle and shotgun addict, for the last few year i discover your site and it is now mandatory for me to look at the review you make of a particular weapon... This is a kind of approval of for a good buy, just order a Ruger 77 44 after reading your review. Thank you, you are of great help.
April 10, 2011
Thank you, Sir. Glad to help you spend your money!
Palm Harbor FL
March 31, 2011
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME..... UNBIASED..... HONEST........ TELL IT LIKE IT IS....... REALITY CHECKING ADVICE AND MY FAVORITE GUN SITE......... UNLESS THERE IS ONE THAT GIVES AWAY FREE GUNS.....
February 27, 2011
Andrew, this is your lucky day! We do give away guns, safes, scopes, ammo, and other stuff on Gunblast. com
February 27, 2011
Stephen, The weapons that I review are either on loan, or have been purchased by me. Guns are not given to me to review, as that would be unethical. Sometimes I do get to buy a loaner gun at a good discount, usually at about the price paid by a gun wholesaler, after the review is complete. I get to choose the guns that I want to review, and I do not choose to review junk. That aside, I do sometimes experience a problem with a weapon, and when I do, I always report any and all malfunctions. Always. Sometimes the gun maker would prefer that I did not, but they understand that I have to. However, even when a gun malfunctions, there is always a cause, and sometimes it is not the fault of the weapon. It could be the ammo, or even the operator's fault, as
happened with me shooting a firearm recently. I had a weapon that had been feeding perfectly for three days, then suddenly would not feed at all. Guess what? I had hurriedly grabbed the wrong ammo. My fault. Also, not too long ago I did a review on the
Ruger LC9. Brand new gun, and I had one of only two that was shipped out of the factory at the time. I had a problem with the first gun, and had to send it back to the factory. The second gun worked perfectly. This was all reported in the review. A few years ago, when
S&W introduced their 500 Magnum, the cylinders were unlocking when firing the heaviest loads. I reported the problem, and also the fix for the problem. I know of other
gun writers who had the same problem with their guns, but none reported it, except for me. There have been other problems with weapons over the past decade of Gunblast reviews, and every problem experienced with a weapon was reported in the reviews. I am not here to declare which guns are "good" and which are "bad". I am here to report the facts, as I experience them. If a gun functions as it should, is safe to fire, accurate for its purpose, and does what it was designed to do, then it would be arrogant and
presumptuous of me to declare that it is no good, as I cannot determine what is best for another shooter. When folks write to me asking for a recommendation, I always give one, but in a review, I cannot determine which gun is 'best' for everyone. My job is to report the facts, and to let the reader decide what is best suited for his needs and budget. I suppose that I could select some gun that I know is substandard and do a review, but what would be the point? It would be a waste of my time and that of my readers. I could also try to feed a weapon junk ammo, but that would also be pointless. The fact is that with quality ammunition, most firearms work very well. I prefer to spend my limited amount of time pulling the triggers on quality firearms. However, if a gun malfunctions, and they sometimes do, I always report that in the review. Also, I have never claimed to be unbiased. No one is unbiased. I have my favorites, and my likes and dislikes, just like everyone else. I am very biased, but try to stick with the facts in my reviews. Just because a certain weapon is not exactly what I prefer for myself, does not mean that it might not be exactly what someone else needs. We all have preferences, and it sometimes shows in my reviews. However, I am not going to declare a perfectly functioning weapon as worthless, just because it is not my favorite. I have favorite styles of weapons, favorite finishes, favorite brands, barrel lengths, scopes, sights, holsters, etc., just as we all do. However, my job is to report upon the firearms and accessories available, and to give the straight scoop, honestly. That is what I do. If a weapon functions as it should, is accurate for its purpose, and well- built, what else can I report?
Jeff, in my opinion, you are the best writer in the business. Mr. Mullins said to say Hi. I called him today regarding
Extreme Shock Ammo. I hope you are not giving up on writing and reviewing since I looked at your new staff. My wife states you "cannot buy any more guns or we will be in the poor house" So Sir, I am waiting for your next fantastic review. My only problem is, you have the contacts and the funds to purchase all of those beautiful toys. I know , I waited over a year for one of the Ruger Hand guns. And still on the waiting list for another of your guns that you cannot live with out.
February 18, 2011
Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate you taking the time to write. Tell your wife that you are looking out for her financial security. Stacking up cash these days does no good. The interest paid by the bank is less than one percent, with the real inflation numbers running closer to six. In other words, your money is worth less every day. Putting your money into quality guns is a sound investment, with the added bonus that you get to play with them, hunt with them, and use them to protect your family. She might go for it. Worth a try.
One thing nice about online magazines is that they have great
archives. I was reading the Mike Cumpston 2003 article about the
32 Colt Police Positive recently and it was great. In fact, it might be nice to have him do periodical updates on it.
February 18, 2011
February 8, 2011
Just wanted to write and make a plea to you and to other citizens who offer talent and expertise to society and use that as an opportunity to pontificate on things they
don't have talent or expertise in. Its a free country and it's your website... but why not just stick to the guns themselves. It seems to me that the greatest way to make a contribution to the most amount of people is to stay on course with the details you are in fact an undeniable technical expert about... guns.
January 29, 2011
I wish it was that simple, but it is not. In our nation, we have politicians who want to repeal the Second Amendment to our Constitution. Guns are the only products mentioned in our Constitution, because we need them to preserve all of our freedoms. We have the website
separated. If you do not want to read about politics, do not click on that section. In our main section, we have more than 750 gun reviews, with lots of pictures, and many with videos as well. There is plenty of content for you to read, and hopefully, it will be of some benefit to you. However, in our nation, guns and politics are intertwined, and will likely remain so for the duration of our Constitution.
January 28, 2011
Thank you, Sir. For heavy game like elk and moose, Buffalo Bore now has a 190 grain load, with the bullet designed for deep penetration.
January 25, 2011
Thanks for the kind words. Happy to be of service to you. That is why we do what we do.
Just wanted to say that I think your coverage of the Shot Show was the best on the internet, as usual. I also think your website provides a valuable tool for us in the gun world as enthusiasts. Keep up the good work!!
January 23, 2011
I enjoyed reading your Testimony!
January 22, 2011
Hello Mr. Quinn,
January 10, 2011
I use every type and brand of ammunition that I can get in every weapon test. I use Extreme Shock because it is different. It is specialized ammunition. Some of it is made to penetrate deeply. Other loads are made to ensure shallow penetration.
I killed a large Russian boar with a 9mm load that penetrated 13 inches through the tough chest of that
hog. As far as price, I do not concern myself with that. What might be overpriced to me might be quite reasonable to others. Some people want to use the best ammunition available to them for self protection. That makes sense to me.
Hi Guys, I can hardly look at purchasing a firearm without consulting your site. To many magazines are obviously slanted one way or the other, what we want is real facts not BS. Brothers you are the real deal and the firearm community owes you. Even if I'm not looking to buy I still read your site regularly just to stay up to speed. I have purchased numerous firearms you have tested. I also feel I'm a better shooter and set up my weapons much more efficiently. I have followed your links to other great sites with great appreciation.
John, a loyal 57 yr old member of Gunblast
January 9, 2011
Dear Mr. Quinn and Family - tac here in UK, Ontario and Oregon. Yup, we live in all three places, and share your love of guns and shooting in all three. Spending most of the time in UK means that what I do is pretty limited to what is allowed, but I still have eighteen guns here, including two BP rifles and revolvers and the strangest-looking Ruger Super Redhawk you've ever seen. But it's still a handgun, of sorts, and I put a LOT of rounds down the tube.
January 4, 2011
Thank you, Sir, for the kind words. You were doing great until you had to remind me that
Obama is our President!
December 27, 2011
Jeff, I enjoy your common sense approach to these issues and your ability to simply explain the issues.
December 27, 2010
The dog is one of the best deterrents. Thanks for that feedback.
Dear Mr. Quinn,
December 23, 2010
Sir, if you knew me at all, you would know that I am not a bigot. In the 2000 Presidential primary, I voted for Alan
Keyes, and Mr. Keyes is a whole lot more black than Obama. Obama is half white, and I don't agree with his white half either. I do not care a bit what color the man's skin is. It is of no concern to me at all. George Bush was not a conservative either. He went along with and encouraged the reckless spending passed by Congress. I disagreed with some of Bush's policies, but was not asked to defend myself from
accusations of bigotry. I disagreed with Ronald Reagan too, but the skin color thing never came up. I
dislike Obama because of his Socialist agenda, and because I heard him make the statement that he wants a total ban on all semi-automatic firearms. I did not get this info from Fox
News; I watched as he made that statement in a debate with Hillary Clinton. However, why is it that you presume the news to be incorrect if it is broadcast on Fox? I have studied history, and am a student of our Constitution. I do not like Obama's spending policy. I do not like the idea of
Socialized medicine. It is not within the Constitutional powers of the Federal government to take money from citizens to buy medical care for others. It is unconstitutional for the Federal government to take over private business. I do not think that Obama has the best interests of the US at heart, and I do not trust him. I do not use a color chart to determine this. I base my opinion of Obama upon his words and actions. I am also sick of the attitude in this country that if one disagrees with someone of a different skin color, that he is presumed to be a bigot. We are but one
race: the human race. We just happen to have different skin pigmentations. Humans also have
different hair colors, different shapes, heights, weights, and gender. So what? Why is it okay for me to disagree with Joe Biden, but if I disagree with Obama, I have to defend myself from
accusations of bigotry? That , Sir, is the definition of bigotry. You are presuming me to be a bigot, just because I disagree with someone with darker skin than I.
December 23, 2010
Thank you for that feedback. I appreciate you taking the time to write. I don't have all the answers, but I am suspicious of CNBC. It was they who rigged Chevy pickups with model rocket igniters to explode the gas tanks upon impact a few years ago when doing a similar piece on the safety of those trucks. They could not get the trucks to explode upon impact, so they rigged the igniters to explode the fuel tanks. CNBC has no credibility. None.
Just wanted to drop you a note and say I really enjoy your
articles. God bless you.
December 22, 2010
Dear Boge, Thanks for the heart attack. You'll be getting a bill from my doctor shortly. In my haste to read your article on
what surely must be the Holy Grail of
handguns, I thought this gun was being reissued by Smith and Wesson. Again, thanks for the chest pains. But seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed your article and your impressions of one of the finest handguns of the 20th century. In my opinion the only ones that comes close are the Registered Magnums that came on later. It is my fondest dream to own one of each someday. You're article has only strengthened my desire. I hope you enjoy your trophy because if I find out where you live, it's mine. But I promise I'll bring it by for a visit from time to time.
December 18, 2010
December 15, 2010
You make a valid point, Sir. It is good to hear your perspective from Scotland on this topic, and serves as a warning for us in US that our vote is very important.
Greg, my name is Bill Hershiser, and I live in rural Ohio, a friend of mine e-mailed me
your article about you and your
brothers, and how you got started, and about being Christian, I just want to thank you for that article, it was very interesting, and it is refreshing to see and hear others who love Christ, God bless and good luck.
Jeff, Greg, and Boge,
December 14, 2010
A little note of thanks to all the great folks at Gunblast. com. You guys have put together the best of the best gun enthusiast site on the web. I needed an honest opinion on the Kel-Tec SU-16C and found all I needed and more at your wonderful Archive section. It's like the Strong's concordance of firearms. Also it warms my unworthy saved spirit to see real people who are not afraid to dispel the myths about our Saviour being a peace love hippie, Who wandered about saying pretty things. As I'm sure you know one, of those sayings was that He came to bring a sword. And that His disciples were also His armed bodyguards (Luke 22:49). I feel a sermon coming, better end with I found a SU-16C at the Tampa Show last week and am going to shoot it today. So far I love it and advise all your readers if they can find one, BUY IT ! Thanks again and remain strong and fearless.
Yours In Christ,
Thank you, Calvin. I really like the SU-16, and carry mine in a mandolin case.
Your firearms description articles are written with clarity, are factual, are supported by excellent detailed pictures, use terminology commonly familiar and are easy to interpret. My compliments to your web site developer. Your entire staff is to be commended for this excellent site. My sincerest thanks for your site which I now review daily.
December 4, 2010
Greg: I recently found the Gunblast website and enjoy reading your
"Corner" articles and
"Politics and Opinions". I am a Christian in Ohio. I am 63 years old. I don't hunt anymore, but enjoy my guns. My favorite is an
American Western Arms Colt SAA clone, .45 Colt with a 4" barrel. Love that gun.
December 2, 2010
Jeff & Boge, I just finished reading your article on the new Colt SAA. I know I'm late in this, but I've found exactly the same thing as you have. I bought a new Colt SAA in 07, & have found it to be very well made, very accurate, & an overall beautiful six-gun. Mine is the so called black powder frame & I've even shot BP loads in it using 35grs 3FG GOEX. I got just under 900fps & a 2-1/2" group @ 25 yards off sandbags hand held. It's a fun load. I am tired of hearing how much better this or that gun is than the Colt. It may have been true in the early 80s I don't know, but from handling & shooting my six-gun for several years now, I know it's no longer true if it ever was. Thanks for reading a late reply.
November 25, 2010
Frank, You are correct. The latest Colts are as good as a Colt ever was. They also have some good-looking new products for next year. Not really new, but just bringing back a couple of old favorites.
Greg, thanks for a well written article. We just finished Thanksgiving with our Family & some Friends. It was great, we thanked God for all he's done for us. Namely, His Son Jesus. I have glanced at Gunblast occasionally in the past, I'm going to be much more regular now. Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours.
November 25, 2010
Thanks for the great website. I very much enjoy your reviews. In respect to the
Savage Axis. Is the barrel heavy enough to keep it from heating up and drifting after
3 or so rounds? If so, it sure doesn't seem like you can beat that rifle for the price.
November 22, 2010
Yes it is. Plenty heavy enough for a sporting rifle, and also free-floated.
November 22, 2010
Hi Jeff!! Just found your site today, after doing a bit of research on a gun I'm having problems with, I wanted to see your opinion on it. The gun I'm talking about is the new
Taurus PT709 Slim. I have had nothing but problems with it, from poor accuracy with 6 different loads, to jams (stovepipes), and the magazine floorplates come loose too!!! This is all bad, no doubt, BUT, the worst thing was their Service Dept. Absolute Indifference and downright Rude! They accused me of bad shooting habits and blamed my ammo choice as well. After I had to PAY to ship them the weapon (which was only 2 months
old!). they took 5 ½ weeks to return it. Accuracy was still poor @ 7 yds., which is unacceptable, don't you agree?. The jamming, they say, was bad ejector alignment and a new spring was installed as
well (it still jams 1 out of 40 or so.) I saw your review on it, and was surprised, not at your review, but that you had no problems. I have read several forums on this gun, and saw approx. 30% negative feedback. This is not my first Taurus issue, as I had a similar issue with a .38 Taurus Snubbie, and got no satisfaction there either, both with the Gun and Their Service Dept, and I'm not the Bashing type, but I'm really Pee o'd about this. I though some of your readers should know, Now, I may have a Lemon here, I get that, but the Service?.. uh-uh. I, myself, am done with Taurus. I've got an FNP-9, and SIG's and RUGERS and They have all been great to deal with , IF I've had to. I Need to Say, we agree, RUGER does service like NOBODY else!!! I broke a rear sight on My 60th Anniv. Single Six and they sent me a complete rear sight( so I wouldn't have to fiddle with just replacing the blade) at NO Charge!!! This was un-expected, even after I offered to pay for it, they sent it no charge! This is what we get when we deal with a product Made In the U. S. A.!!! I like what you and your colleagues do, and thank you for the Service you all provide. Honest, and straightforward from what I've read so far, Please, Keep it up!!! I'm going to try out a RUGER SP9c tomorrow, and that will most likely be the new replacement for the Single shot, Shotgun patterning, Taurus paperweight I will be trading in!!!! Beware.. THAT gun will be out there, with Taurus denying its issues. Keep Shooting and I will keep coming here to Get the Straight Dope on whats new in Guns and Gear. Sorry to be so long winded, but it's my Fist time here and I needed to "vent". Thanks for your Time
John, thanks for that Feedback. I have heard a lot of positive feedback on the PT709, and very few problems. The problems that I heard were all cured by using good ammunition. However, that does not excuse the poor customer service that you received. Taurus seems to be doing better these days, but their customer service could still stand to be improved.
Jeff, I had emailed you about a year and a half ago about your review of the
Bersa .380 and appreciate your opinion. I bought the gun and have put a bunch of ammo through it. I just had my first failure to load but have yet to have any FTF or FTE issues with the gun. I have used it to get my better half comfortable with the gun and have even had my mom use it as an introduction, she now shoots a .38 Special and we actually go shooting together every other month. Who would have thought that would happen?
November 13, 2010
Thanks for that Feedback. The Bersa is one of the best values in today's market.
I often am sent to your site when I start researching my next gun purchase. I've visited the site and learned so much I feel like I owe you something or at the best I am indebted to you. If you have a church or charity near you I would be happy to send a donation. Thanks again and a Happy and Healthy to you and yours.
November 12, 2010
Thank you, Sir. If you are not already, consider joining the
NRA, or if you are already a member, upgrading to a higher level of membership. They can use the money to promote shooting, and to fight intrusive gun laws.
Jeff, First of all, I would like to say that I follow your website regularly and I usually enjoy your reviews and also Greg's corner. After reading your defense of Remington's problems I felt compelled to write you. I am a long time Remington owner and I have several of their firearms as does my father. When I was a teenager my father bought me a new Remington 700 in .270. I harvested several deer with it and it worked fine, until THE DAY. It happened to me. I was returning from a hunt and stopped in the backyard to unload my rifle, just as I had done many times before. I had my left hand under the forearm and my right hand, palm up grasped the bolt and lifted it. NONE of my appendages were anywhere near the trigger. The safety was ON. The gun FIRED. Luckily I had been trained from a very young age about muzzle control and safety. It was pointed in a safe direction and no one was hurt. My father proceeded to give me a thorough ass chewing and refresher safety course. I, of course, defended my honor, but I lost. The rifle was put away in my fathers safe because it was the end of the season. I left for basic training the following summer. That fall, I called my dad on a Sunday from Fort Benning and he was not himself. He apologized that day for the chewing out he gave me a year earlier, because it happened to him just a few days before that when he used my rifle for a hunt. The same thing, safety on, no fingers near the trigger, lifted the bolt, it fired. After that day, you could lift the bolt anytime and the firing pin would drop. This was a one owner gun. No one had ever touched the internals since it left the factory. I took the rifle to a gunsmith and he replaced the ball that the safety rides on and he said he did some work on the trigger. I regret not getting specifics, but he has since passed away and I can't find out now. My rifle works fine now. My father had called Remington at the time but he was told to take it to a gunsmith, they did not offer to fix it. Two years ago, I had a close friend call me to ask who fixed my rifle because his was doing the same thing. I took a look at it, and sure enough, it did the exact same thing mine had done. I work for a major firearms retailer and we have seen several cases of the same thing come through our gunsmith shop. This was all before the CNBC program aired. I am no expert, but I have seen enough personally, to convince me. Even if it is a fraction of the rifles produced that have failed, Remington should do something. Even one faulty rifle is too many. I agree that most peoples gun handling skills are horrible, I see it everyday, but the fact remains that some rifles have failed and no amount of safe handling will stop a malfunction. An major manufacturer not fixing a problem with its firearms could make things worse for all gun owners due to litigation. Remington has a responsibility to either fix the problems or scientifically prove that there are no problems. I am no fan of liberal news agencies, but they had some compelling evidence, and coming from someone who experienced it himself, I have to say they were not far off the mark. I think the matter needs more attention and I hope it can be solved. I respect your opinion, but I urge you to talk to more people like me and maybe your stance will change. I know the left is looking for a way to get us, but I don't think this is all fabricated by them. I have seen too many cases to write it off as a liberal agenda, and believe me, I am one of the biggest conspiracy theorists you will meet when it comes to the enemies of our freedom. As a gun reviewer and information provider, I urge you to be more unbiased and do more research on the subject before making a final decision. Maybe ask people to write in if they have had problems and see how many responses you get. Thank you for your time and God Bless.
Jeremy in Eagle Rock, VA
I have researched this problem, and received a lot of mail on this. From what I can find, in every case reported to me so far, the owner had allowed oil to harden on the sear, filling up the notch in the sear, effectively making it almost non-existent. However, I appreciate your report on this also, even though the rifle has been fixed. Hopefully, someone who has a rifle that is having a problem will allow me to examine it myself.
November 8, 2010
Well done Jeff and to Remington for professionally speaking up on their behalf. I have a Remington Sportsman 78 in .30-06 that is a tack-driver and a very safe and reliable tool. This CNBC allegation and story is typical and predictable. This is not unlike CBS's "exploding gastank" expose of a decade or so ago. Thanks.
November 7, 2010
November 5, 2010
Hello again! I have written to y'all before on multiple occasions, and I really like your site.
My question is, why are so many manufacturers building "retro" 1911's? Why would I want to buy a "bare bones" Remington R1 1911 for $700, then have to buy all the extra parts like beavertail safeties and extended thumb safeties, when I could just pick up a Kimber Custom II for around the same price at my local gun store? I understand the historical and collector's value of such pieces, but as a younger buyer, I don't see the point in purchasing a gun you'll have to put 100 to 300 dollars worth of work into, just to get it working the way you want it to. Maybe y'all can help me understand these gun's popularity, cause I don't get it. Just my two cents.
November 4, 2010
Same reason folks buy Colt SAA and replicas. Also, a good modern bolt action 243 Winchester costs about the same as a fifty-caliber flintlock muzzleloader. Just different likes.
Greg, I believe that was a home run. I felt you were saving the ammo for the final assault---great job!!! and every word rang like a bell---thanks and God Bless you abundantly!!!!
October 26, 2010
Greg, I am a Christian and just wanted to say "Thanks" for your wonderful articles. I do find then inspiring and thought provoking. God bless you. Keep em comin!!
October 25, 2010
October 21, 2010
Regarding Mike's article on the Colt New Police and .32 S&W
Long, I'd like to say that I also enjoy this gun and ammo combination, and am glad to have your article as a source of further information. I recently inherited another gun, an old hand-ejector, and intend to load up some soft rounds to safely try it out. I wonder if there is any new info to add to that which is in the article, as we have since obtained
Trail Boss and plated bullets. Thanks for the well produced site.
October 17, 2010
A case full of Trail Boss works very well, loaded up to the base of the bullet, with slight compression.
I do believe you are right on in regards to your article on the old thurty
thurty. I live and hunt in the central interior of northern B. C. Canada where the 300 mag and the 7em em rules. Nobody up here uses the old thurty thruty. That is except the old timers, and I must say when they shoot their rifles with an animal in the iron sights they do not miss, ever. I figured there must be something to this so I am waiting on my Winchester mod 1894 30/30 High Grade 200 year Anniversary rifle to come in the mail which will be a 3 to 6 months wait. As to why I ordered the rifle, it is beyond me. Like I said before this is Magnum country where the animals are big, tough, and armor plated. I think like you said in your article, there is a certain panache to hunting with the 30WCF with lots of history attached to it and a feeling that just can not be explained. Like old Sachmo said, "If I gotta explain it you wouldn't understand". I have every confidence that the 30WCF is enough gun for our big mule deer, black bear, and maybe even an elk, provided you hit em right and they are within effective range. I roll my own ammunition and am looking forward to loading and shooting your Barnes 150gr FN load. It all makes perfect sense and for those that have no confidence in the old thurty thurty I just let them shine it on.
October 9, 2010
Hey man, I don't have a question. I just wanted to write in and tell you that you've got a kick-ass
site. You break it all down in a clear way, put the important info out there, and it's easy to read. Every time I'm considering a firearms purchase I check your site first to see what you think.
October 1, 2010
If I was really really really really really smart I'd probably not bother to write you about the article you just completed on the
Kel Tec PMR-30. Firstly, nice article, all in all. You seemed to have covered pretty much everything that needed covering. To my eyes only perhaps, I just can't help but wonder why I'd bother to spend $300.+ for one and here's why! I own a
Smith & Wesson 22A with both a 5.5" and 7" barrel. The 7" barrel develops velocities approaching 1600 fps (1550-1575) based on my chronograph testing of Aguila Supermax. That puts it around 150 to 160 ft lbs of energy which is where I seem to find the PMR-30 ends up. I can take cheaper ammo (Aguila Supermax or Interceptor) and use
Paco Kelly's tool to open up those rounds a bit at impact and I'm sure the results would be just as devastating (or more so) than the PMR-30. I think that Ruger's or Browning's near 7" barrels would act about the same. Of course they weigh a bunch more and aren't quite as small, but does the Kel Tec really justify me and other owners going out of our way for the purchase. Time will tell, of course! Perhaps someday I'll own the PMR-30, but I know I'll find a few other things to spend my limited resources on between now and then.
October 1, 2010
I do not really NEED the PMR-30, or most of the guns that I have, but I am glad that I
have them, and I ordered another PMR-30 about two hours ago. Also, comparing a seven inch barrel to a four is not the same thing. The PMR-30 with another three inches of barrel would make a difference, as it would chopping three inches from your 22A.
I enjoy reading your gun writeups and videos and yesterday purchased a Savage threaded muzzle 22 you featured on your website recently. I should have stuck to the reviews however after looking at the political views held by Greg Quinn. To refer to the President of the United States as "a filthy animal" is wrong. I see no mention of the terrible job the previous president did anywhere in any of the many articles posted by him on your site. I understand he is a Republican, but this is beyond partisan. Due to this, I cannot knowingly go to your site again until that article is removed. I understand you say these articles are the responsibility of the author, but it is on your site. I will also send some emails to the advertisers informing them of my displeasure with the lack of respect shown to President Obama.
September 25, 2010
I have no respect for Obama,
but agree with you that this kind of stuff does not belong on Gunblast.com There
are three partners in Gunblast. com, Inc., and I am only one of them. I have had
this argument with my brothers before, but I am in the minority. I think that
our political articles should only pertain to politics as it affects gun
ownership. If a politician tries to ban or limit our gun rights, I think we
should post that information. Obama recently put a ban on importing about two
million surplus US M1 Garand rifles that have been in storage in Korea. That was
wrong of him to do so, and it should be pointed out to gun owners. However, even
though I think that Obama is a self-centered liberal atheist, Gunblast. com is
not the proper place to address his issues that do not apply to gun ownership
and use. There are plenty of political websites for that, and I would prefer to
not have that type of stuff on Gunblast. I regret to lose you as a reader, but I
understand your position. You could do as I do, and ignore the political
I appreciate the site and the articles are especially of interest. It would be substantially improved, though, if there was no religious rhetoric. I would like to be able to read about guns without being proselytized.
September 24, 2010
Chris, As you know, we primarily write about guns. However, it is not purely about the technical side of the gun itself, but about the uses for which the gun is designed. Enter in the human factor. Humans are not merely mechanical devices, nor are we just another animal. We write about guns because we care about our readers, and want to give them the best, most accurate information possible. In caring about our readers, we also care about their souls. Our life here on Earth is a brief one, but eternity is forever. As Christians, we are commanded to share with you the Gospel of Christ. There are plenty of places to read technical details of weapons. Here at Gunblast. com, you can read that information in detail, and more accurately than other places, but
occasionally, we also let our readers know who we are, and who we are is influenced greatly by
Who we follow. We won't try to force you into believing as we do, or believing anything at all. There are other places for that, but it is hard to not let a little bit of our faith show in our writings. If it offends you, please forgive us. After all, we are also commanded to forgive each other.
September 19, 2010
You are correct. The women are in the ad to draw attention to the ad. Eye candy, and nothing more.
Mr. Quinn, The "eye candy" is unnecessary. Many companies do very well by advertising based upon the quality of the product, endorsements from known gunsmiths, and a reputation for providing excellent customer service... without the cleavage. I do not support companies that use risque advertisements to attract a customer's attention. It's the same reason I choose not to eat at a Hooters Restaurant. I need to avoid things that tempt me to lust. I'm not perfect. I have done a lot of bad things. But I try to let the Holy Spirit guide me in what I choose to look at and think about. The difference between modest and risque is not specifically defined in the Bible, so I must rely on the Holy Spirit to tell me the difference between appreciating beauty and sexual lust. Women wearing bikini tops for men other than their husband to see is morally wrong. It is blatantly tempting those men to sin. The scantily clad woman cannot be blamed for the man's lust. He is still held accountable for choosing to stare and lust for her. But she is at fault for unnecessarily and knowingly tempting the man. Please pray about it.
That is correct. What a man lusts for reveals that which is in him. For instance, a glass of whiskey is no temptation to me at all, but for some, it would be a great temptation. In the book of James,
God states that temptation reveals the lust of the heart. Every day, the world places temptation before us. It is a daily struggle.
Mr. Quinn, You are right. The world does place temptation before us and it is a daily struggle. I would not place a glass of whiskey in front of someone that is recovering from alcoholism. In the same way, I would not put an image of a woman's cleavage in front of any heterosexual man. Christians cannot stop all the temptations of the world, but that does not mean they should willingly participate in sharing those things that are known to tempt others to lust. Besides the Dillon ad, I think your website is great.
She is a good-looking woman, and I am about as heterosexual
as you can get, but that picture does not make me think of doing immoral stuff to that woman. I guess we all have different things that tempt us into immoral thoughts.
Mr. Quinn, As a heterosexual, if you can look at a swimsuit
calendar without the desire to have sex with the models, that is difficult for me to understand. The Holy Spirit has convicted me it is wrong for me to look at any woman with sexual desire other than my wife. Looking at scantily clad women while attempting not to lust is like playing with fire. "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
I agree with you, but I can look at a woman without wanting to nail her, even women at the beach or anywhere else. I am perfectly satisfied with my wife for sporting purposes. Just as we are not supposed to covet, I can look at a shiny new car without wanting it. I think that when we are right in our hearts, we can look upon anything without lust or evil in our hearts.
Hi Jeff... I have a Kel-Tek PLR
16..... of course the 5.56 is loud...... I am thinking about getting a Gemtech silencer for it..... can you give me some idea about how much it would quieten it down?
September 19, 2010
I cannot. I have not tried the Gemtech. My Tactical Solutions can does a very good job, reducing the sound signature greatly. I suspect that the Gemtech would do as well.
September 19, 2010
That ammo is a very good choice for the Judge, and also the
Bond Arms derringer.
September 16, 2010
September 15, 2010
Absolutely. Those who prepare will have to defend themselves from those who did not. A good recent example was the flood in new Orleans after the hurricane. Many of the cops even pulled out, leaving the citizens to fend for themselves. Then, it got worse. The cops went in a disarmed the citizens.
I have looked at your website a few times, and have spoke with Jeff via email once regarding questions/advice on my next firearm I plan to get (S&W SD40).I was just on your website, again, and actually see that you all are Christians and involved in ministry! Wow. wow. wow..This is fantastic!!! I am 30yrs old and have been saved and walking by faith for 8yrs now, I am so excited to see that Gunblast.com is backed by men of God! I will do all I can to support this website!!
September 10, 2010
I was just reading your report on the Whistlepig and Tactical Solutions barrels. I find it highly unlikely if not impossible to shoot groups like you did at 115 yards with non match ammo. I would like to invite you to our range to prove it. If you shoot a five shot nickle size group at 115 yards with mini mags from a stump, I will pay for your transportation to and from the range. If not, you owe me dinner at my favorite eating place.
September 10, 2010
I assume that you are referring to my article from August of 2004 on the TacSol barrels for the 10/22. In that review, I did post a seven-sixteenths three-shot group at 100 yards. The shooting was done from a solid benchrest, using a Target Shooting, Inc. Model 500 rifle rest. How that would translate into a five-shot nickel-sized 115 yard group shooting from a stump, I do not know. My travel schedule is pretty busy already, and traveling very far to prove something to your satisfaction is not a priority on my list. Sir, I have no reason to lie, and I am not a liar. I take great pains to insure the accuracy and integrity of all of my reviews. I do the best I can to see just how accurately a rifle will shoot, but if it only groups into two inches, that is what I report, but also, if it groups tighter, I report that as well. I also provide photographic proof whenever possible. When testing a rifle, I shoot from a bench with a solid rest. I do not use a stump. My readers want to know how accurate the rifle/scope/ammo combo is, not how well I can shoot. I am just an average shot, and from a stump I probably could not put five shots into a two inch group. However, I believe that almost any shooter can duplicate the accuracy that I achieved with that TacSol barrel, using the same ammo, and a good scope, firing over a solid rest. Note that I did not even use any special match grade ammo, just good quality CCI ammunition that anyone can purchase for a reasonable cost. That TacSol barrel was very accurate, but I have since fired more accurate rifles. It pays to buy good stuff.
US Army, Iraq
August 28, 2010
Thanks for that feedback, Sergeant. It is good to hear from folks who enjoy the 50 beowulf. excellent cartridge, and you are correct; Bill is a first-class guy. Also, and most importantly, thanks to you and your buddies for standing in the gap for us over there. God bless you all.
Hi Jeff, I just purchased a Kel-Tec p-3AT pistol. We find it very hard to cock. My wife & I are senior citizens. We have a very hard time cocking it. I was wondering if there is anything, I can do to making the cocking easier? My wife & I like the weapon very much. We are afraid with the time it takes to get it cocked. It might be to late. I purchased the weapon. To protect us in our home. I would appreciate it very much. If you could tell me anything that would make the cocking. Any easier or faster?
August 24, 2010
Try cocking it with the cocking hand turned backwards, so that you are pushing the slide to the rear, instead of pulling it with just your thumb and finger. Pushing it, you get more of your hand on the slide. Just keep your finger away from the trigger. Keep me posted.
Jeff, Boge, and Guest Writers,
August 22, 2010
Thanks Mark. You will love that rifle rest.
August 21, 2010
August 19, 2010
Sim eu faço. Com javalis selvagens, nos matamo-los, mas também come a carne. Muito saboroso.
Jeff, thank you for a great review of the Ruger LCP. I am a retired LEO and have been looking for a small pocket pistol. Like you if a gunfight arises I would prefer a rifle or large bore pistol. But they are hard to hide. Your review has convinced me to get the LCP. Again thank you.
August 15, 2010
Great choice. I always have one in my pocket, unless going through airport security. Even when I pack a larger handgun, I still carry the LCP.
August 12, 2010
August 11, 2010
Really enjoy your tests and the short videos. I'm thinking what I like most is the down to earth way your videos are presented. Uptight people are so uncool. Thanks for the info and continued success!
August 4, 2010
Like your reviews, and trust your opinion; I just thought I'd help you clean something up . . . I'm not trying to be the grammar police. Keep up the good work.
August 3, 2010
I sometimes ain't got no good grammar.
August 3, 2010
August 3, 2010
Just read the article on Taurus Slim. Information & photographs are unbiased, clear, level headed, & outstanding from every angle. You are excellent journalists and I will bookmark your page and use it as my first point of reference for any firearm info.
August 3, 2010
I read your article on the SIG
P250 2Sum, and while I in fact do buy into the idea that its very close to having 2 guns for the price of one, I think the Sig P250 actually has another even more important strength.
July 20, 2010
You are correct, Sir. I think you nailed it precisely. Excellent weapon, and easy to use.
July 14, 2010
I stumbled on Gunblast.com this evening and read your
commentary on why Obama is good. I agree completely and want
to thank you for your story. We as conservatives need to embrace
this and capitalize on the moment to restructure our government and its
way of doing business.
July 13, 2010
Thank you, Curtis, for your kind remarks. If all
of us conservatives stick together, then we will see a change in America
that is positive. “Change” should be our new mantra again, but
change from Obama policies, from liberal spending, from socialist
viewpoints, replaced with change to conservatism, patriotism, and a focus
on becoming the nation that lives as the republic established through our
Constitution. Change is coming; we can insure that November reflects
the kind of government that Americans want.
What a great site, lots of information on many things. I was very interested in the Ruger SR-22 article as I inspected one at a shop here in Quebec. I have a 10/22 carbine so the reliability issue is a non issue. Just wanted to congratulate you on a great site.
May 12, 2010
I've owned several (5) Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifles following the ownership of a custom built heavy barrel DPMS AR. It is exactly as you say in your article. I now own a Mini-14T which lives up to the expectations that you stated as well. My groups at 100 yards are sub 0.5 MOA with reloaded ammo. It's a wonderful rifle to own and rivals the performance of the previous DPMS AR.
April 10, 2010
Dear Jeff Quinn,
March 16, 2010
Thank you, Sir, for the kind words. We would like to use even
higher-resolution images, but many people are still on slow connections, so we keep the pictures at a lower resolution, so that the pages load faster. The Judge comes also in a two-inch and a three-inch barrel version. I prefer the shorter barrels, myself.
I just wanted to say that, though I may not agree with all of your postings, I commend you greatly on the fact that you can state how you feel with confidence. I respect someone that can do this and obviously show that they have spent time either researching or already have knowledge of what they are speaking about.
March 14, 2010
Jeff, I'm a police sniper with the Honolulu Police Department's SWAT team and I do a lot of research on different rifles on the internet. I've seen several rifle reviews on your website and think they're awesome. I'm in the market for a
ArmaLite AR-30 and your review was the best I've seen anywhere, with a lot of pictures. Please keep up the good work and thanks.
March 10, 2010
Thanks Greg, for another "Right On" in your opinion of the Obama health care disaster. I feel that most folks are feeling, this is a run away train and it cant be stopped, as I do. I see this country going literally to hell sometimes. I'm 62 years old fought in Vietnam, raised 9 kids, have 16 grand children and I see a dismal future for them in this life. Will we wake up, or is this a sign the lord is getting ready to pass his judgment on this country for all its sins?------- thanks again--- keep them coming!
March 5, 2010
Hi Tom. First, I would like to say a big "thank you" for your service to our great country. Secondly, another thanks for being a loyal Gunblast. com reader. You are among almost one million readers monthly who make Gunblast. com the number one resource, online or in print, for reviews of guns and related products.
I've read the press from Para Ordnance, and am very much interested in purchasing this pistol. I've always liked the 1911 Colt, ever since I fired my friend's sporterized version. Your review answered all my questions (especially about how well constructed this pistol is), what loads you prefer, and how enjoyable it is to shoot. As a bonus, your choice of "In Walked Bud" on guitar as the soundtrack was right fine! And the cardinal singing while you spoke your piece was calling me back to Warm Springs, Virginia or Pisgah Falls, North Carolina to visit my folks. I'll no doubt view some of your other reviews and come back and visit your web site often. Take care!
March 4, 2010
Right on. We MUST have a MONSTROUS voter turn out in November. My main mission in life the next 8 months is to convince as many people as I can to throw the bums out. Your article is great and should really help out. Stay well and keep it up. THANKS SO MUCH.
March 2, 2010
February 23, 2010
Don't try to make sense of the gun laws in our nation. It will drive you crazy. It is my opinion that when you mustered out of the Marines, you should have been allowed to keep your M-16 and been issued a thousand rounds of ammo and ten magazines. However, that would make too much sense. The reason is because many of our political leaders in this country are spineless, sniveling little weasels who believe that they know what is best for everyone, and that a Marine who is no longer in active duty is a liability instead of an asset. I appreciate what you have done for our nation. Send me your address, and I will send you some 9mm ammo for that Kel-Tec.
[ED. NOTE: The videos we post to YouTube are the same videos we feature in our articles. We recently expanded to YouTube in order to reach-out to potential new readers, and it is working wonderfully. - Boge Quinn]
February 19, 2010
Pistol grips; why this or that? I am guessing that each style of grip gives one kind of advantage at the expense of another advantage. I would very much appreciate your observation on the comparative advantages of each type. Assume a four inch ro six inch barrel for each and assume you could find a common cartridge for all of them with some real power like a 38+P or better.
February 18, 2010
That would be a simple task, if it were not for different hands. Look at a few dozen hands and you will understand. Thick hands with short, fat fingers, small hands, huge mitts, long fingers, all make for different style grips. Then there are different shooting styles; one hand, two hand, high grip, low grip. Like many other things in life, it just comes down to what an individual prefers.
February 10, 2010
Dear Mr. Quinn:
February 9, 2010
Thank you, Sir. I really enjoy doing this.
Jeff, I am a paying member of Gunblast and a huge fan. I was a little disappointed with the new ad you have up from Dillon Precision Products. Do they really need the big breasted girls on this ad? Seems out of character for your site. Regardless of anything being done about the ad I will continue to read and enjoy your site. Just wanted to voice a small concern.
February 9, 2010
I appreciate the feedback, but I see nothing at all wrong with the ad. Dillon Precision is a good company, and they make some fine products. We are happy to have them as a new advertiser. The girls are clothed, and seem to be well-proportioned. I do not think that the breasts are overly large, but just about right. Both of those women are very nice ladies.
Hallo, Ich spreche leider nicht englisch, ich benutze ein Programm für Übersetzung, Sorry. Eine wirklich sehr schöne Homepage habe ich hier gefunden!
28 Jan, 2010
Sie können einige schönen Faustfeuerwaffegriffe an www. eaglegrips. com sehen
January 27, 2010
Dear Gunblast staff. I just want to say how much I thoroughly enjoy your website. I first got turned on to it by my father who is also a huge fan. And while I don't share his love of political talk, we both share a love a firearms. And it goes without saying your site produces some of the absolute finest and thorough reviews I've even seen. It's easier to get an idea of what I'm dealing with through the great photos that are placed alongside your reviews. As a full time EMT & Police Officer here in Tennessee, I very much value our 2nd
Amendment rights and very much respect appreciate your responsible takes on gun ownership & preparedness. I look forward to reading your website for quite
some time and thank you all for your time and dedication to my much beloved past time.
January 26, 2010
I'd like to comment in response to Lewis who wrote that the idea of citizens using guns for protection against the US government is a silly idea. Lewis said "Tell me why I'm wrong".
January 23, 2010
January 17, 2010
I picked up my STAG model 8 last week and I have to say I am very impressed. I have been shooting AR's for 10
plus years now (Military/Law Enforcement) and I am very pleased with the performance of this weapon especially with the cost being so low. I have an EOtech 511
single red dot optic mounted and a "grippod" that I have added. The collapsible stock and shortened barrel of
January 17, 2010
Your Grayman review was, by far, the best, most compelling knife review I have read, and I have read a few.
Thank you for your commitment to provide clear, concise, reviews.
January 11, 2010
Thank you, Sir. Grayman makes a good product, and although I usually do not do knife reviews, I think that getting the word out about his knives was deserving of a review.
Jeff, Do you ever publish a negative review? Do you like all the guns you test or do you simply not wright up the lemons?
January 8, 2010
I try to make it a practice to not spend my time with any junk, but if there is a problem, I always report it. Always. I am working on a review today in which I had to send the gun back for repair. That info will be in the review. I was the first out with a report on the then-new S&W 500 magnum. The first guns to leave the factory had problems. I reported it. No other writer did, and I know of several who had the same problem that mine did. Still, if a gun works as intended, is accurate, and functions reliably, that is what I report. If there are any failures, I report them.
I have been reading Gunblast for a couple years now. For about two years I just read your reviews on the latest guns that were out. But recently I visit your site more often to read about politics. I personally agree with
a lot of your views, Jeff. I appreciate the fact that you will let your readers with different views post questions and comments on your site. While I consider myself more of a Republican than Democrat; I also consider myself neither. I've had it with both parties.
January 7, 2010
The "gun show loophole" is false. It is propaganda put out by the
anti-gunners. I attend lots of gun shows. Dealers at gun shows have to run background checks on gun purchasers just like they do when selling from their gun stores. I have bought lots of guns at gun shows, and always have to fill out paperwork on the gun, and wait for a background check, unless I am buying a gun from an individual
who is not a gun dealer. In that situation, it is perfectly legal for a citizen to purchase a gun from another citizen.
I am a gun owner, and active shooter, and while I don't hunt, I don't carry a grudge against those who do. The NRA however is beyond my scope of comprehension. I for one, am in favor of gun education and licensing for owners of fire arms. To me it is just like an automobile license. However if you share that idea with a NRA guy - he will go ballistic!
December 25, 2009
Deranged or not, that is their right, if they want to live that way. Me, I am content living where I live. I certainly hope that we never come to the point that we have to stand armed against our government. However, that is the very reason that the Second Amendment to the Constitution was placed there. It guarantees the right of citizens to be armed. It has nothing to do with deer hunting, or even self defense against punks. The sole purpose of that part of our Constitution is there to protect the citizenry from tyranny. Whether or not we would stand a chance has nothing to do with it. The Constitution does not guarantee a right to drive an automobile, so that argument is irrelevant. The Federal government has no right to "license" me to
exercise any of my enumerated rights. They are guaranteed by our precious Constitution, but given by God. To many in our government, the Constitution is merely an aggravation that prevents them from trampling on the rights of the citizenry. Thank God that the founders of our nation, and the citizens of that time, insisted upon that Bill of Rights.
To which I would add: Lewis, your belief is that, if one is seriously outgunned, then one should just roll over and accept tyranny? I'm glad that attitude was not the prevailing one throughout history.
Jeff, This response is about your Ruger SR-556
Review. I've never provided feedback on any gun review in my life, but I felt that I needed to this time.
December 19, 2009
Perhaps you should read somewhere else. In my review, I was being absolutely honest. I report the
facts, the details, and the accuracy of a firearm. However, am I not allowed to like a firearm? I am still human, and have preferences, just like everyone else. Perhaps that is my problem. I still like guns, and I love this job. I can't help it. Many gun writers do not like guns. They would be as happy writing about anything else. This is apparent when I go to shooting events hosted for writers. Many of them just sit on the bus and drink coffee, never even picking up a gun. Me, I shoot all that I can. It is still exciting for me. I love guns. Tell me of any other website or paper magazine that gives info straight to the reader like we do? I try to provide a detailed description, have around 30 to 40 good pictures, and a video when possible. I list all of the facts, but I also sometimes throw in my opinion. I never write a review from a press release. I have to hold the weapon, shoot it, and take it apart to look inside. At the end, the review is just my personal evaluation of the subject at hand. It is not perfect, does not cover every possible detail, but is always an honest hands-on review. If that doesn't sit well with you, do not read it.
I have looked at a lot of gun reviews over the years and have to tell you that you do a wonderful job! No fluff and worthless info; just good solid usable information presented in an enjoyable format.
December 18, 2009
Jeff, Just finished reading your article "The End of an Era: The Last of the Winchester Model
94" from Jan 18, 2006. I've read it at least a dozen times over the past two or three years, but I always come back to it. It is the single best written article I have read on the subject of the death of the '94. The entire article mirrors my feelings on the subject and articulates those feelings in a way that I never could. Looking at your photo's, one would never know there was so much depth there. Thanks for that article. It is such a pleasure to read, over and over...
December 18, 2009
Thank you, Sir. I am glad that you liked it. For 2010, Winchester is bringing back a limited production Model 94, made by Miroku in Japan.
Jeff- I've had your web site bookmarked for a long time, and have taken sanctuary there many times. It's good to find people who are honest, direct, and capable of seeing through the smoke created by those that rely on deception and self-service. I thank you and the others for your work. I served a term in RVN with the army, and nearly four decades in law enforcement (Southern California); with 13 years on a SWAT team. When a host of injuries finally ended my active career I became a police psychologist. I now live in Alaska (where my range runs from my shop for as far as my eyes can see. I don't know if that's a commentary on my eyes or where I live). I have loved to shoot my entire life, and reload as well. By working part time for the local police department I get all the ammo I can reasonably shoot (and all the brass) and well-discounted prices on firearms. I also write professionally.
December 13, 2009
I believe that a fight is coming. Too many people, however, have no concern at all for what those in our government are doing. As long as their houses are warm and their bellies full, they give little thought for liberty or of the great price paid for it.
Jeff: I like your site. You have some good humour mixed in with your observations. My feedback is actually short. I was wondering if this statement: "For any one specific task, I can think of another gun that can do the job better than the
December 12, 2009
No, the statement is correct as printed. For instance, when a shotgun is needed, a full-length shotgun is better than the Judge. When a .45 Colt revolver is needed, a Blackhawk or Mountain Gun is better than the Judge. For a compact trail gun, a good .22 revolver is best. However, the Judge does quite well in all of these roles. Its versatility is its strong point. While there are several guns that can do any one of those tasks better, the Judge is versatile enough to do it all.
I just wanted to drop you a note and say a big thanks to you and Gunblast.. I had received a Ruger SA revolver from my wife's grandfather after he passed away. Unfortunately it was missing the cylinder, and I had no idea what it was until I ran across Bill Hamm's article on the Bearcat .His article was a veritable "one stop shop" for all of the information I was looking for. It turns out I have a excellent condition "alphabet" Q9xx manufactured and shipped in July 59 with an original Bucheimer tooled leather holster and cartridge belt from the same era.
I also am now singing the praises of Ruger firearms. I shipped it to the service department and they had the original cylinder in stock.
They installed the cylinder and the safety conversion, and shipped the pistol back with all of the original parts for no charge.
December 3, 2009
Thank you, Sean, for those kind words. Glad we could help. Bill Hamm is a walking enclopedia of Ruger information. That is a dandy little revolver that you have there, and nobody does customer service like Ruger does.