Monthly Archives: July 2011

New CEO at Taurus International

I mentioned this the other day on The Facebook… here is the press release:

Miami, FL— Taurus International Manufacturing is excited to announce the appointment of Mark Kresser as President and CEO. He will succeed long-time President and CEO, Bob Morrison. The move will become effective September 1, 2011.


“With Kresser’s vast experience in the firearms industry, he possesses all the qualities and strengths you look for in a leader,” said Bob Morrison. “Mark has demonstrated time and again that he understands this industry and what it takes to succeed. I am confident that customers can look forward to continued quality firearms from Taurus in the future.”

Kresser has worked in executive management positions for the past 15 years and has gained valuable experience with Traditions Performance Firearms, O.F Mossberg & Sons, Inc., Sigarms, Inc. and Beretta USA Corporation.

Bob Morrison is excited to continue on as a Senior Advisor with Forjas Taurus and looks forward to the new and intriguing challenges the position is certain to offer.

With a rich history that began in Porto Alegre, Brazil more than sixty years ago, Forjas Taurus, S.A. has become a diversified, international company celebrating its resounding success as one of the world’s leading small arms manufacturers. In 1941 the company produced its first revolver and posting record growth every year since. Taurus brand firearms manufactured by Forjas Taurus are imported into the U.S. and serviced by Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. For additional information about Taurus, visit www.taurususa.com. High-resolution images are available at www.taurusdownloads.com.

More on that Mossberg MMR

Its on the cover of the newest Guns and Ammo Magazine with a lengthy (and I mean lengthy) write up that includes range testing and some coy-dog hunting. One thing that I didnt realize immediately was that the Hunter models dont have a dust cover or forward assist, and the Tactical model has a dust cover but not a forward assist. They also mention that the hunter versions that they tested are minute of angle accurate.

There has also been some super secret field testing going on elsewhere across the journalistic field, and you can look for a write up in Shooting Illustrated in the near future.

*Hmmmm its like there was a giant marketing ploy that was contrived to drum up buzz right at the time when Mossberg would be launching their new AR. Nah, nothing like that could ever happen in the world of gun rags…. could it?

And now a little something for the ladies…

via Girls Guide To Guns

A Bond girl fantasy camp? Oh why not… BondGirlBootCamp.com

 Bond Girl Bootcamp is a full day experience of a lifetime. A 360-degree dive into an adrenaline-pumping thrill ride where YOU are sexy bad-ass with the 9mm.

Bond Girl Bootcampʼs hardcore adventure that brings you and other Bond Girls under the zero-frills direction of exclusive celebrity trainers and veteran special ops instructors who provide the tactical skills that tap your raw emotion. These high-speed stunt drivers, shoot-to-kill marksmen, burlesque performers and more are the show-no-mercy sergeants who will whip your ass into kick-ass. Gain talents and confidence that will blow your boyfriend’s mind and skills that could blow his head off.

From poker to pool, from seduction to staying calm under pressure, there are no limits to what you can walkway with after a day in the life of a Bond Girl.
 

Their next “mission” is on July 30th and will cover Precision Scenario Shooting, Survival Defense Combat Skills, and Elite Sniper Training…. Cost: $350

Chiappa responds about those RFID chips

I mentioned this the other day, and now Shooting Illustrated is reporting that those RFID chips are passive chips which are only used for inventory control and streamlining manufacturing… From the Chiappa Press Release:

Recently there has been some blogger activity (credibility always guaranteed) concerning Chiappa Firearms putting a RFID (radio frequency identification) in Chiappa Firearms. Yes, but Chiappa will not be using the RFID system for at least a year.

RUMOR: (known as blogosphere food): The erroneous information about some sort of “chip” was put out by a blogger who translated Chiappa (Italian) technical information incorrectly.  The incorrect translation and his interpretation came out as some sort of a GPS type tracking “chip”

THE FACTS: Recently several Italian gun makers (not just Chiappa) decided to utilize RFID technology to improve manufacturing and provide more accurate inventory control. We guarantee this technology will proliferate to other gun makers world wide as it is so efficient for everything from production QC control to export/import varification.

Here is the only Press Release that I have been able to find (which I linked to in my original post).

I have contacted the company, so we will see if they want to talk about things in greater detail. I really want to see what Chiappa has to say first, but I stand by my original snark which implied that this is going to greatly hurt their sales. I dont know how much was mistranslated from the press release, but I can assure you that gun owners dont want any kind of chip on their firearms (passive or not). This will certainly put seeds of skepticism into the minds of potential customers. Yes, theoretically, these chips would not be written to once they leave the factory, but I dont really want to rely on the hope that abuse will not occur. If our beloved governmental officials can cook up a travesty the likes of Gunwalker, then what is to say that they would not try to abuse the fact that there are guns out there with RFID chips already installed from the factory?

And… ummm… This is not an opening for gun registration how?

*I will also add that what was published over at Shooting Illustrated was the original Chiappa Press Release verbatim (I was shocked when I first read it and never thought a company would take that tone in a press release). I also found it published online here, and at AmmoLand (AmmoLand also confirmed it as the official press release). Here it is in its entirety… Take notice the statement at the end:

RFID “Chip” in Chiappa Firearms-what’s up with that?
MKS Distributing, Dayton OH, July, 2011-Distributor for Chiappa Firearms
Recently there has been some blogger activity (credibility always guaranteed) concerning Chiappa Firearms putting a RFID (radio frequency identification) in Chiappa Firearms. Yes, but Chiappa will not be using the RFID system for at least a year.
RUMOR: (known as blogosphere food): The erroneous information about some sort of “chip” was put out by a blogger who translated Chiappa (Italian) technical information incorrectly. The incorrect translation and his interpretation came out as some sort of a GPS type tracking “chip” -which RFID isn’t as it cannot transmit anything-it has NO power source (unlike cell phones).
THE FACTS: Recently several Italian gun makers (not just Chiappa) decided to utilize RFID technology to improve manufacturing and provide more accurate inventory control. We guarantee this technology will proliferate to other gun makers world wide as it is so efficient for everything from production QC control to export/import varification. Other industries already use passive RFID technology such as on DVDs, sunglasses, clothes and even some food products for example.
Basically Chiappa RFID (again it is radio frequency identification) assists the manufacturing process, inventory control and shipping. The type of information on the RFID ties in the firearm and proof house verification; the latter is required by the Italian Government for all firearms made in Italy. Passive RFID is also a final check that verifies that what is inside the sealed box is the same thing as shown on the box exterior bar code during shipping. Now, it will no longer be necessary to open/inspect hundreds of boxes by hand prior to packing in export containers.
BOTTOM LINE: The Chiappa PASSIVE RFID can be read ONLY when passed within (2-3 inches) of an active (and powered) reader that is dialed in for the particular long antenna radio frequency of the RFID-this is not random. And it will NOT go into operation for a year or more.
SUMMARIZING: RFIDs have NO power source or GPS locator. Rest assured they are NOT transmitting your identification and location information to a Chiappa Firearm tasked CIA satellite.
RFID Removal: For those still concerned you can simply remove the grip and remove the hot glued RFID from the frame in the grip area when (over a year from now) these begin to appear. Others may prefer to wrap the revolver and their head in aluminum foil, curl in a ball and watch reruns of Mel Gibson’s 1997 film, Conspiracy Theory. Well, that’s a plan too!

Yeah, I figured it would be able to be removed (with a grinder at the very least), but did you notice the overall tone of contempt for gun bloggers (and gun owners in general) throughout the piece? Good grief!

Here is their marketing company. I will point out that they also do the marketing for Hi-Point Firearms.

Their contact info:

Charles Brown, President
cbrown@mkssupply.com
Kelly Walton, Vice President
kwalton@mkssupply.com
Kenneth Vanhoose,
Director of Operations

kvanhoose@mkssupply.com
All other correspondence:
info@mkssupply.com
Mailing Address
MKS Supply
8611-A North Dixie Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45414

Telephone:
(877) 425-4867
Fax:
(937) 454-0503

The guy over at MouseGuns.com

I dont know how to really say this, so I will just lay it out there… Here is what is going on:

July 3, 2011 — .I have malignant melanoma stage four, and it is in the lining of my left lung. I am not able to do much these days, and will be going to doctors and hospitals regularly, so cannot do mouseguns.com anymore Thanks to all of you for being faithful readers. I have canceled the credit card that pays for this site, so it will go away pretty soon. But let me say this: I am trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ, and whether I live or die, it is by His grace, and I will gladly receive it from His wounded hand. He is my Savior and Lord in all circumstances. Bye everyone!

July 25, 2011 — Pray for my healing, please. Thanks to all of you who are praying for me. I cannot begin to tell you have much my heart is touched, and all the tears of gratitude and brotherhood in Christ that I have shed. Please keep on praying for me. For the many of you who have offered to keep mouseguns.com going, let me just say this: Please feel free to copy any of mouseguns.com to your hard drive, and include it and upload it to your own website. Give me credit or not, I don’t care. That should enable the useful parts of mouseguns.com to continue to survive here and there.

I am pretty much speechless right now, but I have a heavy heart for this guy. Besides his great website (which has been around since 2004), he is a member of many various forums out there and is without a doubt a big presence in the online gun community. There is no doubt where this guy is heading once this is all over, but that doesnt mean that it wont be an extremely difficult journey for him and his family. Here is his email if you want to reach out to him with some kind words. He lives in Tenn, so some of you bloggers and other folk that live there as well might especially want to reach out to him.

Sentry Solutions’ Hi-Slip Grease and Tuf-Cloth Now in Heavy-Duty Jars

Here is the press release:

Sentry Solutions Hi-Slip Grease™ and TUF-CLOTH™ are now available in easy-twist, heavy-duty, mini-jars keeping the popular firearms lubricants and protectants airtight and convenient whether stored on your retail shelf, work bench or in your range bag. The new jars are more durable and resistant to accidental cutting or puncturing when stored in a gunsmithing box.

HI-SLIP GREASE is a synthetic blend containing the finest micro-bonding lubricants available. Applying a light coat on metal surfaces will prevent galling and corrosion even under high load and extreme conditions. The HI-SLIP GREASE can be easily applied using a Q-Tip, applicator stick or by dipping small metal parts into the jar which allows parts to be easily positioned and held in their location; making assembly easier. Small springs and bearings can be virtually impossible to hold in position without using HI-SLIP GREASE.

HI-SLIP GREASE reduces friction and protects from -65°F to 650°F as tested by the Navy SEALs from the deserts of Kuwait to the Bering Strait. Once a thin coat is applied to any metal surface including titanium, stainless steel or aluminum, the concentrated formula of molybdenum disulfide will smooth tight actions for an easier lock up, lighten triggers and protect choke tube threads while making them easier to tighten and remove. Non-toxic HI-SLIP GREASE eliminates wear while enhancing performance and reliability for all firearms in the harshest conditions. It inhibits corrosion from salt water, powder residue, sweat and moisture on all types of metal. MSRP is $11.25 (Product Code 91051) for the 56 grams/2 ounce jar. HI-SLIP Grease is also available in a syringe applicator.

 
TUF-CLOTH, the 12”x12” lint-free, re-usable cloth has been providing protection superior to any oil or silicone products for firearms since 1990. The oil-free, bonded shield guards against moisture; including extreme conditions and environments, without attracting dust, dirt and debris. Now packaged in a Sentry Solutions heavy-duty, mini-jar, the TUF-CLOTH is portable, stackable, and easy to open and reseal keeping the TUF-CLOTH effective for hundreds of uses. TUF-CLOTH works by applying a water-displacing, micro bonded crystal barrier that protects against rust, friction and wear in any condition, for all of your firearms and metal equipment. MSRP IS $8.95 (Product Code 91011). TUF-CLOTH is also available in a re-sealable foil pouch.

Tested and used by NAVY SEALs and other branches of the U.S. Military and endorsed and recommended by over 40 manufacturers, Sentry Solutions products can be found at your local retailer or online at www.sentrysolutions.com

Pimp My Gun

Here is something I just discovered the other day which is a great time waster. Its kinda like that Brownells AR15 builder but on steroids. You can create a crazy off the wall franken-gun or make a true to life tricked out masterpiece. The possibilities are indeed endless.

Here is a crazy SBR that I put together (Yes, that is a MP5 stock on there):