BREAKING: Remington to Replace All R51 Pistols

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Reports are coming out this afternoon that Remington will not be killing the R51 like many others have reported, but instead will be retooling, and replacing all of the problem pistols.

Interestingly, this comes after big green announced they are closing their Pineville, NC Para plant where the R51 was being manufactured. I suspect these new R51s will be manufactured at the new Remington super facility in Alabama, hopefully with much better quality control.

Unfortunately, I think the damage has been done. I was pretty excited about the R51 before I got my paws on one, but after shooting it, I wouldn’t be interested trying one out again…

Armed Doc Shoots Deranged Madman With Concealed Handgun

It was not clear why Silverman, a doctor for nearly 25 years, was armed at the office. Bernice Ho, a spokeswoman for Mercy Fitzgerald, said Thursday it was against hospital policy for anyone other than security guards to carry weapons.

I think we know why he was carrying.

When I was quite young I remember my dad telling me that there’s a difference between being right, and being dead right, meaning that sometimes you have to do what you have to do to stay alive. For this Doc in Pennsylvania, that paid off.

Carry on Doc.

Save The Date: Operation 300 Benefit Shooting Match

A couple months back John Zaczek from the Zombie Shooters Association collared me at a USPSA match, and asked for my help getting word out about a benefit match that he’s putting on for Operation 300, a charity group that works with kids who have lost their fathers in war.

The match will take place on October 11th, 2014 in Eastern NC.

More details as I get them, but expect sample stages from many of the different shooting games (this would be fantastic if you haven’t tried competitive shooting yet).

Please share this with anyone that you think would be interested. I can’t think of a more worthy cause than helping kids who have lost their dads.

Mark your calendar now, request time off work, or whatever else you need to do to help out.

HK VP9 vs. Glock 17

Glock 17 vs HK VP9

Everyone seems to be asking the question: Should I ditch my Glock 17 to buy an HK VP9?

Short answer: No.

I’ve put somewhere around 300-400 rounds through the new VP9 now, and its really a fantastic pistol that offers some features that the Glock does not.

The VP9 has a very comfortable and customizable grip, okay sights, and a fantastic trigger. The Glock feels like a 2×4 in your hand, has awful sights, and an okay factory trigger.

Both pistols are dead nuts reliable, and more accurate than I am.

Glock 17 vs. VP9
Glock 17 HK VP9
Changable Backstraps X (Gen4) X
Changable Side Straps X
Acceptable Accuracy X X
Reliable X X
Crappy But Usuable Sights X
Okay Sights but Gimmicky Luminescent Feature X
$40 Magazines X
17 Round Magazine X
Hates You X
Decent Trigger X (Yes the factory Glock trigger is decent) X (Yes the factory VP9 trigger is better)

My point is this: The VP9 is a fantastic pistol, but so is the Glock 17. I could trade in my old trusty G17 but the VP9 isn’t THAT much better that I’m willing to ditch the Glock for it. If I were in a gun store looking for my first pistol right now, and they laid out the VP9 and the G17 for me, I’d probably buy the VP9 though

Triangle Gun Store Owners Talk AK-47 Sales Surge

The Triangle Business Journal did a piece on the new import sanctions for Russian AK-47s and the effect that it has been having on local Triangle area gun stores. They interviewed Barry Perry of Perry’s Gun Store in Wendell, and Jim McComas from Carolina Gunrunners in Raleigh.

“It’s not going to change the way we do business at all,” says McComas. “It may make (the AK-47) more desirable for collectors, but that’s a very small percentage. Some of the better ones are not from Russia. I.O. Inc. here in North Carolina makes AK-47s.”

Both stores reported that they saw an increase in people asking about how the import ban, and Perry’s reported that sales spiked a bit mid week. It was agreed that the import sanctions won’t have much affect on the AK market currently since relatively few of the AKs currently being imported are coming out of Russia.