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Because you asked

07 Mar

A while back when I did my initial review of my Bushmaster Carbon 15 somebody asked if it took standard carbine rails.

I assumed it did but about 8 weeks ago sent an email to bushmaster just to ask. Yesterday I got my response.

We apologize for the lengthy delay in our response. As you can imagine, we have been inundated with emails and orders.

Standard hand guards that mount using the hand guard cap, and delta ring assembly will work fine with the Carbon 15. Yes, you will need carbine length.


Possibly onto bigger things.

28 Feb

As this post goes live I will be on my way to what will hopefully be a successful job interview.

It’s an internal interview to become a supervisor in my current job. It would mean worse hours, more stress but a bigger paycheck and its a needed stepping stone for my planned career advancement.

Luckily my wife is willing to put up with me working night shift for the chance to advance. She’s a saint like that. Or she forgets how grumpy I am on a goofy sleep schedule.

Either way it will be exciting and hopefully it will lead to good things. But the even better news is that I enjoy my current job so worse case I stay the same. Truly a nothing to lose situation.


Want a slow and almost unusable holster?

21 Nov

Hat tip to Caleb for showing us this funny video of a rather dumb holster design.

As you can see in this holster you holster your gun with an empty chamber. And then hope that the overly complex holster functions perfect with your odd and unnatural draw stroke to chamber the round that may save your life.

Although I hate dumb products like this I like they somebody is thinking outside the box. I believe in order for new products to come along sometimes we need bad design first. At least the wheels of innovation are moving.

video here


The double tap pistol lives

08 Nov

The double tap pistol which is essentially a modernize derringer pistol originally made news last year. The in Oct of 2012 it was announced that they had a falling out with their manufacturer and would be looking for a new shop to manufacture this pistol.

It appears they found it as reported on the tactical wire

“When we announced that DoubleTap was looking for a new manufacturing partner [October 2012], we were pleasantly surprised by the positive response from the firearms manufacturers and other precision manufacturing companies,” Ray Kohout, inventor and founder of DoubleTap™ Defense commented. “Our industry has been very supportive of the DoubleTap project and we are ultimately grateful. Out of all the responses we received, it became very clear that Azimuth Technology was the perfect fit in corporate philosophy, facility capability and plain, old-fashioned, roll-up-your-sleeves determination to bring this product to market in a timely fashion.”

I will admit when I first read about this gun it didn’t impress me. However after thinking about it more as a back up gun I am interested. We will have to see how it comes to market. Ultimately it looks about the size of a Ruger LCP so the question is do you want 7 rounds of .380 or 2 rounds of either 9mm or .45acp.



This is how you wreck your publication.

09 Sep

Want to know a really quick way to destroy yourself in the gun community? Write in a magazine that a gun is too deadly for us regular guys.

Jerry Tsai of Recoil Magazine wrote this in the most recent issue.

“Like we mentioned before, the MP7A1 is unavailable to civilians and for good reason. We all know that’s technology no civvies should ever get to lay their hands on. This is a purpose-built weapon with no sporting applications to speak of…”

And then write this when you are confronted about it.

Hey guys, this is Jerry Tsai, Editor of RECOIL. I think I need to jump in here and clarify what I wrote in the MP7A1 article. It looks like I may not have stated my point clearly enough in that line that is quoted up above. Let’s be clear, neither RECOIL nor I are taking the stance on what should or should not be made available on the commercial market although I can see how what was written can be confused as such.

Because we don’t want anything to be taken out of context, let’s complete that quote and read the entire paragraph:

“Like we mentioned before, the MP7A1 is unavailable to civilians and for good reason. We all know that’s technology no civvies should ever get to lay their hands on. This is a purpose-built weapon with no sporting applications to speak of. It is made to put down scumbags, and that’s it. Mike Cabrera of Heckler & Koch Law Enforcement Sales and veteran law enforcement officer with SWAT unit experience points out that this is a gun that you do not want in the wrong, slimy hands. It comes with semi-automatic and full-auto firing modes only. Its overall size places it between a handgun and submachine gun. Its assault rifle capabilities and small size make this a serious weapon that should not be taken lightly.”

Let’ also review why this gun should not be taken lightly. In the article it was stated that the MP7A1 is a slightly larger than handgun sized machine-gun that can be accurately fired and penetrate Soviet style body armor at more than 300 yards. In the wrong hands, that’s a bad day for the good guys.

As readers of RECOIL, we all agree that we love bad-*** hardware, there’s no question about that. I believe that in a perfect world, all of us should have access to every kind of gadget that we desire. Believe me, being a civvie myself, I’d love to be able to get my hands on an MP7A1 of my own regardless of its stated purpose, but unfortunately the reality is that it isn’t available to us. As a fellow enthusiast, I know how frustrating it is to want something only to be denied it.

Its manufacturer has not made the gun available to the general public and when we asked if it would ever come to the commercial market, they replied that it is strictly a military and law enforcement weapon, adding that there are no sporting applications for it. Is it wrong that HK decided against selling a full-auto pocket sized machine gun that can penetrate armor from hundreds of yards away? It’s their decision to make and their decision they have to live with not mine nor anybody else’s.

I accepted their answer for what it was out of respect for those serving in uniform. I believe that we as gun enthusiasts should respect our brothers in law enforcement, agency work and the military and also keep them out of harms way. Like HK, I wouldn’t want to see one of these slip into the wrong hands either. Whether or not you agree with this is fine. I am compelled to explain a point that I was trying to make that may have not been clear.

Thanks for reading,
– JT, Editor, RECOIL

Frankly I hate even linking to him because I don’t want to give him any more press but you might want to head over and share your thoughts with him.

I’m ready for his next presser where he says we shouldn’t even be reading his magazine.


A belt for the professional

10 Aug

While I am at work or just out and about if I see someone open carrying a firearm I of course try and check it out see what they are carrying and make a mental note. Since open carry for the general public is pretty rare in the Seattle area, what I generally see is of course law enforcement and the other professional such as armored car guys, some armed security and ATM techs. The thing that I have been really surprised by is the number of .38spl or .357mag service revolvers I still see out there. I think that sometimes so many of us relegate our revolvers to the back of the safe or we may carry a little J-frame but then we still complain about being under gunned when we do. I had a quick discussion with one of the ATM Techs that I see regularly at work and asked him about this, his answer was for his company the guns are issued out when you get hired and they get recycled as people leave so you kinda get what is in the bin at the time you hire on. He also mentioned that the vast majority of them were not “gun guys”. We then laughed because their company policy requires each person to carry 2 reloads so if your issues a glock 17 you end up with 51 rounds and if your issued a K-frame revolver you end up with 18 rounds.

Then I noticed something else, this guy was wearing a quality holster (a SERPA which while I am not a fan of are still popular) and a pretty decent double mag pouch, but a crappy belt that probably came from JC Penny. You could see how the belt was not holding up to the weight of the firearm. I asked him and he just said that its pretty common to replace a belt every 6months to a year. I mentioned that he could look into a quality gun belt and likely never buy a new belt again.

I will be the first to admit that I don’t use a standard gun belt even when I carry OWB but I do use a solid sturdy leather belt that I bought at a farm store and its made from real solid thick leather and not leather splits. I understand that buying a $80-$120 belt seems expensive until you realize that a quality belt will last your day in day out and make your work far more comfortable. Of course I would remiss if I didn’t mention that Dennis of Dragon Leatherworks now has a gun belt available. I can’t testify to his belts because I don’t own one yet but if they are half as good as his holsters they are well worth the money.


I bet these never make it into an evidence locker.

18 Jul

Looks like two guys got delayed for almost 3 hours after customs found deadly chocolate eggs in their car.

The “kinder eggs” are small chocolate eggs with a toy inside thus illegal in the US since they are a choking hazard.

Komo 7 reports

Without thinking much of it, the duo picked up six of the eggs before heading home.

“We packed it in the back of the car because we weren’t going to eat them,” Loo said.

When they got to the border, the guards began searching the car and soon found the eggs.

“He said, ‘Are you aware kinder eggs are illegal in the United States and carry a $2,500 fine per egg?’ And I actually laughed,” Sweeney said.

As it turns out, Kinder Eggs are banned from the United States because they contain a “non-nutritive object embedded” inside them.

Loo and Sweeney spent two-and-a-half hours in a border detention center pleading their case to officers.

“They wasted our time,” Sweeney said. “They wasted the money spent on the agents to do this and there are other cars that went through without checking them at all.”

The men eventually got off with a warning. Last year alone, Customs and Border Protection seized 25,000 Kinder Eggs.

That’s right folks your tax dollars at work.


Super hero idiot wants your cash.

18 Jul

When I lived down in Portland and worked security on 2 separate occasions I ran into a gentleman who called himself Zeta-man. He would run around downtown with OC a taser and a baton fighting crime and supposedly helping the homeless by delivering blankets and clothes but in my interactions with him he seemed to be looking for an excuse to “save the day”.

Well not surprisingly my new hometown of Seattle has its own version of super hero idiot. I first heard about this guy Phoenix Jones last October when he blasted a bunch of people with OC spray, who were supposedly fighting. He was later arrested for that act.

Well now he has decided that his current costume isn’t good enough. He is asking for donations to raise $10,000 towards his new super suit. The suit supposedly will contain a ballistic shield with an MSRP of around 75k and numerous other features including an integrated 3G tablet and pepper spray launchers.

According multiple local news reports much of the equipment is being donated by companies and the remaining 10k is for assembly and finishing.

Let me make this very clear. I think this guy is an idiot and is going to get himself or somebody else killed. I promise you this if he reveals any of the companies that enabled him. I will be sure to share that with all of you and I won’t be supporting any of them. Not that I’m in the market for a ballistic shield but some of the stuff seems more normal.


IRS at it again

13 Jul

Peter has a great article about the IRS ordering a batch of new shotguns. This is nothing new and in fact we see almost this same story every few years.

The Remington parkerized shotguns, with fourteen inch barrel, modified choke, Wilson Combat Ghost Ring rear sight and XS4 Contour Bead front sight, Knoxx Reduced Recoil Adjustable Stock, and Speedfeed ribbed black forend, are designated as the only shotguns authorized for IRS duty based on compatibility with IRS existing shotgun inventory

But I have some questions some of which Peter asked as well namely :

Why does the IRS need its own law enforcement officials ?

How often do these shotguns actually get used when I hear about stories of tax evasion you rarely hear about violent criminals fighting back.

Seriously guys with the 14in shotties ? I’m convinced it’s only so these things don’t end up at the next gun show as LEO trade in’s since they are NFA items. How much more useful is a 14in barrel as compared to a standard 18.5in one. I would argue its worse.

With all the accessories they have specced out they are turning a $350 870 into a $1000 ish gun.


This story has it all

12 Jul

Looks like there were a bunch of vacant houses in Burlinton, Vermont near the airport and thanks to our friends at TSA they became a playground for swat teams from all over New England.

So you get a bunch of empty houses you use them as raid practice but in the process you don’t inform local PD or the public so you end up getting reports of gun shots and other related calls.

The training for the outside SWAT teams was coordinated by Adam Crogan of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration at the airport

Frankly I’m fine with local pd or swat doing this kind of training just like I see the value of the fire department using old condemned buildings for practice.

But any of the operations need coordination and notification. Also I’m not real hot on the idea of renting these things out to out of state agencies. As if the rest of new England is without abandon buildings.

Yet again we see the ” only ones” doing what they want.
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