Challenge to Four: S&W, Ruger, Glock, Remington

Dear S&W, Ruger, Glock and Remington…

I am hereby informing you, that whichever of you is the first company to refuse sales of prohibited firearmst to all of NY state, including law enforcement. That I will purchase on of your firearms and encourage others to do the same.

Please stand with us for freedom, liberty and the 2nd Amendment.

Published in: on March 4, 2013 at 12:44 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.


NRAAM Exhibits: Part I

There were numerous booths, exhibits, and tables. The exhibit hall was in fact split into two rooms, a large one and a larger one. Below you can see a panoramic of the upper (larger) exhibit hall.

Pre-event: I managed to enter the exhibit hall on Thursday and snap some photos of a number of booths in various stages of set-up.

Later Ruger’s booth would look something like this (360 Panoramic)

Shouldn’t there be a “Gun Dude” around here somewhere?

But if for whatever reason, you need a really unusually sized safe, Superior Safe seems to be in the custom size business.

A lot more posts and coverage coming. It’s just a LOT of work to upload, label, sort all these photos and thoughts.

Just to give you a teaser/preview of what the NRA Exhibit Halls held, take a gander at these two videos.

Super-hippie-scaring bolt-action rifle

I came across this rifle while at Cabela’s. Talk about a rifle to scare the hippies.

It is a custom Remington .22-250.  From what I gather the .22-250 is a a just a slight bit heavier than the .223 Remington.  It’s still shooting a .22 caliber bullet.

But man, look at this brute. The barrel alone is enough to make a anti-gunner cry.

Look at the diameter of that barrel. Talk about reduced recoil.

And for comparison, against some standard barrels.

Published in: on September 19, 2010 at 8:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Review: Remington Gun Sock

I picked this up at Walmart for about $5. Figured it’d help protect my Mini-14.  Well I was wrong.  They show it easily going over the rifle with scope. Balogne…

It was wayyy too small to fit my Mini14 Target with scope.  But I figured that’s probably cause it’s a bit of an odd-shaped gun with the laminate thumbhole stock, etc.   But it’s really just too small.  I thought about returning it but then decided to store an SKS in it.  Even the SKS was a rather tight fit.  And if you ever needed to pull your rifle out in an emergency you’d be SOL.

Going to say this was a nice idea, but needs a larger size. It’s like stocking small T-shirts when most people need an XL.

Published in: on April 13, 2009 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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