(December 2008 Quips)

1 Dec 08 Springfield Armory: Just talked with friends at SA this morning. Backlogs for M1As are running four to twelve weeks, depending on the flavor. Most in demand is, not surprisingly, is the sixteen-inch-barreled SOCOM. Next in line is the “Scout,” which is...

(November 2008 Quips)

3 Nov 08 Current retail front, from a friend who owns a big gun store in the Midwest: “We are experiencing a feeding frenzy here! We’re selling guns as fast as our staff can run cash registers and complete paperwork. Yesterday expended our stock of Kalashnikovs,...

(October 2008 Quips)

1 Oct 08 On 223/5.56mm chamber dimensions, from a respected colleague: “In a ‘match’ barrel and chamber, tested with ‘match’ ammunition through a “match’ rifle, group size is nearly identical with the same ammunition fired through a plain-vanilla, utility rifle with a...

(September 2008 Quips)

1 Sept 08 SIG 556 “Classic” Friends at SIG tell me their existing 556 rifle, of which I have a copy, will be upgraded over the next few months to what amounts to the original 550/551 (with its wonderful iron sights and equally wonderful folding-stock) that accepts...

(August 2008 Quips)

4 Aug 08 When running 22-rimfire conversions, advice from Doc Gunn: “CCI 40-grain lead, round-nosed ammunition is best. 22/LR conversions require as much recoil energy as possible for consistent functioning, and all-36 grain loads are lacking. And, 40-grainers from...

(July 2008 Quips)

1 July 08 CNS Hits: Currently, there is a movement within our industry that advocates the CNS (Central Nervous System) over any other target on the human body, to the point where advocates train for brain-stem shots with carry pistols, to the exclusion of all others....