Shot Show / Ruger Announcements

Shot Show….yes, the biggest gun show in America.
Also Ruger announced a slew of new products. Here are the ones I find most interesting:

  • LC380 – Basically an LC9 in 380 caliber
  • SR45 – The long awaited 45 on the SR platform. Guess my P-345 is a collectible soon.
  • SSR-556VT (varmint version of 556 with two stage trigger and fluted barrel)
  • SR22 – Interesting to see them competing with their MK line.
  • Ruger offering rapid deploy sights; curious if these are re-branded or their own.
  • Rufer Muzzle Brake System –  apparently they have a new muzzle break design???
    (not sure this is special, but they seemed excited to offer it on like 1/2 dozen rifles)


Published in: on January 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Connecticut…a heritage… (revised & updated)

I am a former resident of the State of Connecticut. It is a state with a very unique heritage.  Many great names, (though sadly, a few are defunct or merely names owned by foreign conglomerates).  However, there is a lot of firearm history in the Connecticut River Valley, many great names including Colt, Marlin, Winchester.

Connecticut firearm manufacturers:

Colt Firearms (Hartford, CT)
Marlin Firearms (North Haven, CT)
O.F. Mossberg and Sons (North Haven, CT)
Sturm, Ruger and Company (Southport, CT)
Remington Arms Company / Union Metallic Cartridge Company ( Bridgeport, CT)
Winchester Ammunition (New Haven, CT)
Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Smith & Wesson (is just over the board in Springfield, Mass)

Even the NSSF is in Connecticut
National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) (Newton, CT)

A recent post on Say Uncle encouraged me to revise, update and re-publish this post. He inquired why companies like Remington endure in such anti-gun states as New York. It’s hard to grasp the answer.  Yes, there is a fair amount of undertaking to relocate a factory. But this is done all the time.  And infact many companies have moved their factories (Ruger moved a lot of production to Arizona and New Hampshire), but some still retain their corporate headquarters in Connecticut.

I think in order to understand this reticence in departing Connecticut one must look at the history.  Let’s start with Eli Whitney, sure he is most famed for the invention of the cotton gin, but he was instrumental in the firearm industry.  Standardizing parts for mass assembly.  Prior it was common for one maker to construct an entire rifle, fitting each part. Eli Whitney structured his business around the parts, being made to an exacting specification so that they could fit together with any production units. Beyond the immediate tangible benefits in production, there is an added advantage in that field repairs are much easier when you can salvage parts from two broken muskets to fashion a single working one.

First contract of Eli Whitney as a firearms manufacturer, 1786. Signed by Oliver Wolcott, Secretary of the Treasury. (Courtesy of Wikipedia/WikiCommons)

The first pistol factory in the U.S. was constructed in Connecticut (and a couple others followed within the same year or so.

“In 1810, Oliver Bidwell built the first pistol factory in the United States on the Pameacha River in Middletown, winning a contract with the United States War Department for handmade pistols.”

“By 1904, Connecticut’s firearms industry was producing four-fifths of the ammunition and more than one-fourth of the total value of all firearms manufactured by nongovernment factories in the US.”

Think about 80% of all ammunition came from Connecticut.  And 25% of all firearms.  That’s why I advocate that there is really no place in the nation, and perhaps no place in the world that has quite the firearm history an legacy as the Connecticut River Valley. (Note, Italy with it’s very long firearm history, probably has the best competing argument. )

In fact, Connecticut has born the nickname “the arsenal of democracy.”

Yes, it’s very bittersweet when you compare the history with the present day status of the region. 


UPDATE: Great photos of a few Connecticut River Valley firearm manufacturing facilities courtesy of the Boston Globe.


First Shots working…

The N.S.S.F.’s  First Shots program is working remarkably.  Recently, a local area mommy group participated in a First Shops workshop at a local range.

Turned out a friend of mine attended with this mommy group. She had a blast. She learned what we gun owners already know – shooting is FUN!!!!

Programs like these help introduce people to firearms, and garner more firearm owning Americans, by helping to reduce the initial outlay in experiencing firearms.

I believe the growth of this program will greatly affect our community. In part, by the fact that it will bring in a lot more non-traditional gun owners (which we need).

Published in: on December 13, 2010 at 10:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Lead & the Media

Article up on reads:

“Lead from bullets could pose risk for game eaters”

The hypothesis is that the led from the bullet is causing increased (but not dangerous) levels of lead in those who eat wild game.

But not a single word mentioned whether the study tested the wild game itself for lead poisoning and whether deer and such may be ingesting lead from tainted water sources.  Nope, just blame it on the bullets!

Why, because if you blame the bullets for being evil lead. You can argue they are a danger to both the environment and to the hunter. And ban bullets…the end goal!

– N.U.G.U.N.

UPDATE:CDC Study contradicts the above…   [Courtesy of Call me Ahab] and here is the NSSF press release.

Published in: on November 6, 2008 at 9:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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