Big Changes at CNN.com

First off, today I noticed CNN.com implemented some newfangled commenting system. I really dislike the layout.

But then I stumble across a mostly pro-gun article on raising children in the home with guns. I am shocked, instead of finding one mediocre quasi-pro-gun statement followed by an entire article lambasting gun owners as crazy.  I found a surprisingly delightful article featuring testimonials and insights from parents with small children.

WoW
http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/20/living/guns-children-home/index.html?hpt=hp_bn11

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Apparently, some love for the NRA Annual Meeting over at Yahoo too.

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/kids-and-guns-at-the-nra-slideshow/

Must be “Revenge of the Sixth” day (you know, follows May the Fourth be with you, and Cinco de May).

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NRA Annual Meeting: Day 1

I arrived in Pittsburgh Thursday evening.  I toured the Exhibit Hall floor as numerous companies erected their booths and displays. And then attended a couple of gatherings before retiring on the floor of the GunUp.com crew. It will take several days for me to post all my coverage of the NRA Annual Meeting.


Bitter Interviewed by NRA News


Sebastian’s printed magazine being curiously inspected by Cam of NRA News.


The Gathering


Colleen – she was one of the defendant’s in the McDonald vs Chicago case.


David Koppel and Dave Hardy


Socializing…


Afterwards I joined a gathering of fellow bloggers. Including Caleb (pictured right), who’s floor I’d crash on.


More bloggers…


The illustrious Jay G, fellow gun blogger, fellow rennie. We finally got to meet. As a former New Englander I have much sympathy for my digital friend “stuck in Massachusetts”.


But I must say, I didn’t realize people greeted one another like this in Mass.

😉

Ruger SR-556: Photos and video…

If you have not heard the news. Ruger has moved into the AR platform.  They have announced the Ruger SR-556. It is a short stroke gas piston rifle built upon the AR platform.

Features include troy rails, sights and covers. Receiver is 3rd party from what I gathered from the salesmen.  The barrel, flash suppressor, and I believe the bolt are Ruger made. Possibly other parts as well. The upper two-stage gas piston system was designed by Ruger.  Essentially, what I gathered is that Ruger is trying to provide a full feature ready made gas piston AR platform.

MSRP is something like $1,995, they should start shipping in June.

Michael Bane was there filming for the Outdoor Channel. I also managed to capture some video…


Here was an outtake… ( I wonder if I’ll still be allowed at the Michael Bane sponsored Blogger Happy Hour tonight.) *LOL*

I endeavored to seek answers for a number of questions I’d seen asked online already. I asked a salesman what differentiated the Ruger SR556 from the SigSauer556. He expressed that the Sig was a long stroke piston similar to an AK. Where as the Ruger is a short stroke piston. (Now here is where I must confess my ignorance. As I have NO CLUE what this means. Nor what advantages or disadvantages either has; so if you my readers would like to chime in here, please do!)

The receiver is a standard lower and therefore you should be able to put any upper on it.  (Hmm…POF receiver with Ruger upper might be a nice setup.) While I am not sure about .22LR conversion kits. A .22LR upper system should work according the salesman I spoke with on the floor.

An interesting note…the salesmen stated that they have two testing units which have broken 20,000 rounds (uncleaned).

More photos of the SR-556 here in the photo gallery!

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