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.

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Ruger finally announces the SR-1911

Ruger SR-1911

http://ruger.com/products/sr1911/models.html

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It looks decent for the price. $799 MSRP means we should hopefully see these around the $650 mark. Nothing revolutionary here…

I would have really loved to see this released along with an SR2011 in polymer frame.  Or even an announcement of a 9mm version that actually worked reliably.

Published in: on April 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm  Comments (2)  
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Ruger threads the barrel…

New Ruger 22/45’s that feature threaded barrels to allow the mounting of a suppressor for those courteous individuals not looking to annoy their neighbors with undo noise (ie: or in the terms of our anti-gun biased media OMG it’s an assassins silencer).

I find this interesting, as there has been a lot of talk about trying to have suppressors removed from the NFA list. Is this a sign of growing support to see this done?

Published in: on January 20, 2011 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Ruger LC9 (looks like I was wrong)

Numerous individuals are posting that they received an email from Ruger for an LC9 (spec sheet).  9mm ultra-compact firearm for MSRP $443. It looks pretty nice.  I wouldn’t mind having one as I like the added safety (something lacking on the LCP).   But I must say, I was hoping for a 2011.

UPDATE: Just noticed it’s got a loaded chamber indicator, along with the safety. So this might be a California legal firearm.

UPDATE 2: Michael Bane has a preliminary review. And a photo comparing the LC9 to the LCP.  Fairly big step up, but still quite compact.

Below is the text of the email. (Which I am a tad bummed I did not receive.)

Link to the Announcement

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Happy New Year!
This is the announcement that has us most excited for 2011- at 2 PM today we will be publicly launching the LC9 Compact Pistol. This highly requested pistol was developed through Ruger’s Voice of the Customer program and incorporates the features and rugged reliability desired by Ruger customers.
The LC9 is compact, powerful and perfect for personal protection – it is just slightly larger (less than 1” in both height and length) than the popular LCP, fires 9mm Luger and has a 7+1 capacity. The LC9 features a finger grip extension floorplate, dovetailed, high-visibility 3-dot sight system, manual safety and a patented loaded chamber indicator.

LC9 Information • Profile Image • Alternative Image • Spec Sheet

The LC9 has a 3.12” barrel, is 6.0” long and 4.5” tall, making for a very compact 9mm pistol. The LC9 is impressively narrow at a mere .90” wide, and weighs only 17.1 ounces with an empty magazine. Featuring a black polymer (glass-filled nylon) frame and blued alloy steel slide and barrel, the lightweight, full-featured Ruger LC9 offers the versatility and capability of the popular 9mm cartridge in a highly compact, reliable, and user-friendly pistol.

The LC9 is a double-action-only, hammer-forged, locked-breech pistol with a smooth trigger pull. Control and confident handling of the Ruger LC9 are accomplished through reduced recoil and aggressive frame checkering for a positive grip in all conditions. The Ruger LC9 features smooth “melted” edges for ease of holstering, carrying and drawing.

One seven-round, single-column magazine is provided with each LC9 pistol. The magazine’s standard flat floorplate aids concealability, while the provided finger grip extension floorplate offers an option to shooters who prefer a longer grip surface with more hand-to-pistol contact. Seven-round magazines, holsters and other accessories are available for purchase at ShopRuger.com.

The Ruger LC9, is undoubtedly the next firearm that firearms enthusiasts absolutely MUST own and is available for orders from your distributors today (product shipping February 1, 2011). We will be launching to consumers at 2:00 PM today, please contact your authorized Ruger distributor for more information.

Welcome back, let’s kick 2011 off with a bang!
Ruger

Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm  Comments (1)  
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Ruger SR-2011 … ???

Ruger has another announcement splash page. No word yet, so I guess we await later this morning.

I think I’m putting my money on a Ruger 2011. Perhaps a polymer framed 1911 even. Next bet would be an SR-45 but that does not seem to me revolutionary or “must buy”.

Now where Ruger could really take the cake is releasing the Ruger SR-2011 polymer 1911 platform. And releasing it in 9mm, 40S&W in addition to 45ACP.

Many will point to a gap in the .45ACP line for Ruger. I have a P-345, but many are looking for a striker fired DAO (double-action only) polymer gun.

But I’d wager if Ruger dropped the P-345 for a polymer based 1911 few would be disappointed. I do want to state that I very much like my P-345. I think it has one of the most comfortable grips. Guess we’ll find out in a dew hours.

Ruger.com

UPDATE:  Interesting to note that the email campaign has “R20”, which would seem to fit quite well with my prediction of an “SR-2011”

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?…

Published in: on January 2, 2011 at 7:22 am  Comments (4)  
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In the Holiday News

Pennsylvania Hunter Education – Sebastian has a recent post on the matter.

I find this interesting as I am one who is interested in hunting. I even know a couple of people who’d take me out hunting. And in fact, I just met with both my State Senator and State Representative, and this was one of the main issues I discussed with them.

I want to experience hunting but have not as of yet. You see, I have been unable to get a permit. Having been held back by a requirement to take a Hunter Education Class. I have no problem with the idea of taking such a class. In fact, I actually WANT to take a class. But there is a severe lack of availability of the required Hunter Ed classes. Every time I check for classes they are either over 2 hours away, or already full. The result is two years have passed by and I have not experienced the tradition of hunting. The common solution proposed by nearly every one is to just go “Buy a permit” as the odds of being asked about one’s course is slim.

So what are the possible solutions? I provided two solutions to this situation:

SOLUTION 1: Implement a “Mentoree” hunting permit. This would be similar to youth being allowed to hunt. With a Mentoree permit you could only hunt in the company of an individual who had a full hunting permit. I believe this would provide a reasonable remedy. I am not looking to hunt on my own, heck, I wouldn’t even know what to do with a deer after I shot it. I “WANT” to be mentored.

SOLUTION 2: Update the Pennsylvania Game Commision site to provide some added resources. Provide a request form, then PA could email those signed up with alerts to classes in their area. Or at the bare minimum, provide an RSS feed.

Fixing the State Police Problems – Sebastian covering Tom Corbett’s replacing the old State Police Commissioner (who was working with MAIG) with a new appointee from the Attorney General’s officer. One who is hopefully more supportive of our RTKBA.

Ruger to offer SR-556 uppers

Originally, I was quite fascinated with the SR-556. I would still love to get one as it is one of the more attractive ARs IMHO. However, I’ve toyed with the idea of the SR-556 in 6.8 SPC; and putting together a hunting rifle. In Pennsylvania there are minimum caliber requirements (at least for Elk, and I think I recall seeing it for deer as well). There is also a requirement that the center-fired rifle be manually operated. One of the modes of the SR-556 allows for that. But would not be legal as it is variable. However, my hope would be to acquire a 2nd piston from Ruger that only offers the manual operation.

Ruger SR-556 now in 6.8SPC

Oooh….

While at present I do not own any “black rifles”. I had considered the Ruger SR-556. I love the lines of that model.  But many have made the argument for a classic Stoner version sans piston system.  And I’ve thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have an AR15 which had standard mil-spec parts.

Then I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to have an SR-556 chambered in .308. Then it’d be pretty nice to have that piston system. It’d already not be standardized, so no big deal. I’d also be able to use it for hunting here in Pennsylvania. [NOTE: .308 cartridge qualifies for hunting in PA, the SR-556 out-of-the-box does not. But could with a replacement of the piston with one that operated only in bolt-action mode.]

Well, this isn’t the .308, but it’s definitely a bit more than the 5.56 NATO.  (Tsk tsk to Ruger. Shouldn’t this be called the SR-68SPC).  All that said, I know very very little about the 6.8 SPC cartridge. Yes, I’ve read Wikipedia. But it tells you little about it’s trend and acceptance.

For those in the know. I’d love to hear your comments regarding the 6.8SPC as 1) alternative to the .308, 2) as to it’s acceptance as a round (ie: not going to find itself relegated to the .45 GAP market)

Published in: on August 27, 2010 at 7:05 am  Comments (3)  
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357 Ways to Win

Ruger announces the 357 LCR.  Along with a contest to win one of several copies and a number of other prizes.

357 chances to win prizes.

http://www.ruger.com/promo/LCR357/index.html

Published in: on May 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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My Liberty Rifle: Work in Progress

Last fall I attended a local Appleseed event. One of the things the Appleseed Project emphasizes is what they call the “Liberty Rifle”.

A liberty rifle is essentially an adapted 22 caliber long rifle focused on training with the use of iron sights.

I had been planning to buy a Ruger 10/22 for this event. But I wanted a particular model. I had eyed it at Walmart for several months. And wound up convincing my father-in-law to pick one up. About 3 weeks later I came up with the money to purchase one of my own. But apparently Walmart had changed distributors and no longer carried the model. I finally found the distrubor and a dealer who could get it.

Why did I want this specif model? Because it had a longer 22″ barrel.

My intention was to purchase a set of Tech-Sights for the 10/22.  These sights provide an aperture sight similar to many military sights. The rear Tech-Sight does not mount in the rear dovetail slot, rather it is screwed into the scope mount which is further back on the rifle. This provides an elongated sight radius for greater accuracy.

However, by the time the rifle arrived it was too late for me to order the Tech-Sights.  I bought some cheap TruGlo fiber optic sites which I found to be sub-par. They didn’t provide much adjustment options. (Now did they provide all the replacement and alternate tubes that I am used to with the Hi-Viz brand fiber-optics.

For my birthday back in March, my wife ordered me a pair of the TS200 Tech-Sights for my Ruger 10/22. I haven’t had the opportunity to try them out at the range. But I expect them to perform well; having used them on another rifle during the Appleseed event I attended.  What I am really excited about is that I replaced the front post with a Hi-Viz AR post. This now gives me the advantage of both the aperture and fiber-optic sights.

Rear Aperture Sight

Front Sight with HiViz Fiber-optic AR post
(Don’t you just love that glow!)

Marlin Shutting down Connecticut Factory

Per the Shooting Wire, Marlin Firearms will be closing it’s manufacturing facility in North Haven, CT.

http://www.shootingwire.com/archived/2010-03-29_sw.html

Growing up my father had two firearms. A Ruger Security-Six and a Marlin .22, both of which were Connecticut companies.  In fact, there might not be any place in the world as richly steeped in firearm manufacturing as the Connecticut River Valley.

It is always sad to see smaller companies with long legacies be gobbled up by corporate entities.  Some would say “It’s just capitalism!”, but it’s really not.  There are so many tax breaks and loopholes a larger corporation receives that a small family owned business just cannot access. It puts the small/medium, non-corporate business on a very challenging business field.

I hope Marlin will remain a high quality product. But it is sad to see it lose it’s identity.  I spent much of my youth in New Haven, Connecticut. I worked in the former Winchester factory complex, after it had been converted to business space.

I think we are entering an era in the firearms industry which is very similar to the automotive industry several decades ago.  When all the founders, and their families are gone – and the industry is not just ruled, but completely filled with big corporations.

It’s my hope that smaller, independent companies like Ruger will continue and not be gobbled up by monstrous consolidating corporations.

Published in: on March 30, 2010 at 7:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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