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Win an (almost) Free Gun at Gun Blogger Rendezvous!

September 3rd, 2013 by Capitalist Pig · 3 Comments · News

Time is almost up for you to win one, or more, (nearly) free guns at the 2013 Gun Blogger Rendezvous in Reno, NV this week.   Just register for Gun Blogger Rendezvous, take a trip to the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno, and buy raffle tickets, comfortable in the knowledge that the proceeds will go to Soldiers Angels.

What can you win if you participate?

True Blue Sam put together this little video to show you.


What about the guns? 

Yes, you could win a stainless Ruger .357 Magnum Blackhawk donated by True Blue Sam.

Ruger Single Action .357 Magnum revolver

You could win this pre-WWII Stevens “Little Scout 14-1/2″ rifle, restored and donated by Engineering Johnson.

Stevens "Little Scout 14 ½"


You could also win a Hipoint.  Last year, Hipoint donated a 9mm Carbine, and I believe they have generously donated another.
Hi-Point 9mm Carbine

You could also win a lot of other great products, generously donated by Gun Blogger Rendezvous sponsors.

Last year, Mz. VRWC won an awesome stainless steel Ruger Single-Ten (donated by Ruger) along with a custom tooled holster made by Engineering Johnson.  We also brought home a wheelbarrow full of other great prizes, including a Crimson Trace LightGuard, a Leupold Mark AR scope, AR-15 magazines from Brownells, and many other great prizes from numerous event sponsors.

2012 Gun Blogger Rendezvous raffle prizes won.


What are you waiting for?  Get signed up and attend the 2013 Gun Blogger Rendezvous!


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Five Reasons to Attend the 8th Annual Gun Blogger Rendezvous in September

July 19th, 2013 by Mz. VRWC · 2 Comments · News

ashandmollyThe 8th Annual Gun Blogger Rendezvous is right around the corner, it’s being held September 5th through the 8th, 2013, at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno, Nevada. Last year’s GBR was fantastic, we raised about $6000 for Project Valour-IT, met a bunch of great people, shot OPG and came home with a handful of prizes from sponsors. What’s not to like about that?

This year, Gun Blogger Rendezvous promises more fun, shooting and prizes, and I’m really looking forward to it.  In no particular order, here are five reasons you should head up to Reno for GBR VIII:

True Blue Sam is donating a Ruger Blackhawk

Engineering Johnson is donating a beautiful rifle

Molly will be there to teach everyone how to shoot Steel Challenge!

Friday Night Activities – Double Elimination Pistol competition in our own private hospitality room using the Optical Computer Aided Training Simulator from Outwest systems, using real guns shooting lasers instead of bullets. An OCAT System will be awarded to one of the competitors by random drawing (you’re going to have to fight me for this).

If none of the above reasons were good enough, thanks to, we’re going to be shooting bowling balls out of a Mortar:

The Gun Blogger Rendezvous is not just for gun bloggers. if you read gun blogs, enjoy shooting or shooting sports, are interested in Second Amendment issues, or are in the shooting sports industry in some manner, you are all welcome to the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. To register and for more information, check out the Gun Blogger Rendezvous website

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Some Kids Have All The Luck

May 13th, 2013 by Mz. VRWC · 1 Comment · Arizona, Guns, Shooting

riosaladoSC Kid (of Sandcastle Scrolls fame) shares his experience shooting a belt-fed machine gun match, with the gun and ammo supplied for free (courtesy of Rio Salado Salado Sportsman’s Club).

He’s a good kid, and I’m glad he got a chance to shoot something that cool with OPA.  I’m not jealous at all.  Nope, not at all.

Ok, maybe just a little bit.

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Where Are The Protesters? I Was Looking Forward To A Good Argument!

May 7th, 2013 by Mz. VRWC · 1 Comment · News

This is the peak of the Anti-NRA protest on Saturday Afternoon during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Convention in Houston, Texas. The mainstream media were reporting 35-40 protestors, but when you looked closely, you could tell that there were several pro-rights people engaging the antis, most likely leading to an overinflation of the count.

As I was taking this picture, a gentleman walked up to us and said, “Where are the protesters? I was looking forward to a good argument!”



On Sunday at 10am, there were no protestors to be found.



By the middle of the day on Sunday, less than a handful of protestors decided to show up.  They looked pretty lost and dejected, and just paced around in small circles for a few hours.

And for some big picture perspective:


Here I am on Friday afternoon with Larry Houck at the FNH booth.  (Many thanks to Larry and the other awesome Team FNH shooters for taking the time to give me an amazing detailed lesson on 3-gun shotgun reloading).

The important thing to note here is that There are more people in the background of this picture than there were anti-gun protestors at the NRA Convention.  

Kevin From The Smallest Minority had a very similar observation, and he’s got some great pictures of the attendance disparity here.


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We’re all Criminals Now: President Obama Calls for Background Checks before ENTERING a Gun Show

March 28th, 2013 by Mz. VRWC · 15 Comments · America, Guns, News, Politics

obama-anti-gun-speechWhile reading the transcript of President Obama’s gun control speech this morning, I came across this shocking statement:

“If you think that checking someone’s criminal record before he can check out a gun show is common sense, you’ve got to make yourself heard.”

A background check before CHECKING OUT a gun show? This is guilty until proven innocent on steroids and a Constitutional violation of epic proportions.

Folks, it’s become perfectly clear that this isn’t about reducing gun violence, it’s about restricting as many of your Constitutional rights as possible.  I can’t help but ask myself why President Obama and his band of anti-rights, gun grabbers want to make it as difficult as possible for responsible and law abiding citizens to even look at a firearm? I’ll let you decide for yourself, but I can’t come up with an answer that isn’t truly terrifying.

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Mark Kelly Proves That Buying a Gun Is Actually Really Hard

March 25th, 2013 by Mz. VRWC · 4 Comments · Arizona, Guns, News, Politics


Gabrielle Giffords’ husband and anti-rights activist, Mark Kelly, recently drew a great deal of (earned) criticism for purchasing an AR-15.  Well, make that ALMOST purchasing.

The President of Diamondback Police Supply just made the following statement on their Facebook page:

Statement of Douglas MacKinlay, Owner/President, Diamondback Police Supply Co., Inc.

“While I support and respect Mark Kelly’s 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm rifle from us was for reasons other then for his personal use. In light of this fact, I determined that it was in my company’s best interest to terminate this transaction prior to his returning to my store to complete the Federal From 4473 and NICS background check required of Mr. Kelly before he could take possession this firearm. A full refund was sent to Mr. Kelly, via express mail, on Thursday of last week.

The Sig Sauer rifle will be donated to the Arizona Tactical Officers Association where it will be raffled off to generate funds the association can use to purchase much needed tactical equipment for the organization’s members. The A.T.O. A. represents the SWAT and Special Response officers of the state’s law enforcement community who regularly place their lives on the line to protect the residents of this state.

Additionally, Diamondback Police Supply will make a $1295.00 contribution (the selling price of the M400 rifle) to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program that teaches children, in pre-K through 3rd grade, four important steps to take if they find a gun. The emphasis of the program is on child safety, something that is important to all of us and at the core of the current debate on gun control,” stated Douglas MacKinlay, Owner/President, Diamondback Police Supply Co., Inc.

Mr. Kelly left Diamondback Police Supply with no choice – if they had completed the transaction, they would have been in a heap of trouble and quite possibly lost their Federal Firearms License. Perhaps Mr. Kelly will better acquaint himself with the tens of thousands of existing gun laws before he attempts his next stunt.

Also, kudos to Diamondback Police Supply for their generosity in supporting the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, it’s a great program and that money will be well spent.

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Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema Joins the Gun Control Debate

March 19th, 2013 by Mz. VRWC · 3 Comments · Arizona, Politics

Arizona’s newest (and most “progressive”) Congressional Representative has been noticeably absent in the current debate on gun rights since she was sworn in earlier this year. That’s now changed, and she’s finally responding to her constituent’s letters. I just received her response to one of the many emails I’ve sent regarding gun rights, and I’ve posted it below. Looks like she’s going to try and play both sides – not surprising, considering the number of Republican and Democrat gun owners in her district.


Dear Ms. XXXXXX,

Thank you for contacting me to share your views on the issue of gun violence.  I appreciate you taking the time to make me aware of your position on this very important issue.

I believe strongly in the Second Amendment and that it guarantees individuals the right to own and bear arms.  I also believe that it’s time for Congress to have a serious discussion on how we keep our kids, schools, and neighborhoods safe.  This means discussing how we care for the mentally ill and how expanding universal background checks can be most effective.

I recognize that only a small minority of those afflicted with mental illness may ever become violent and believe that we can strengthen mental health services to help minimize that possibility.  At the same time, we can and should prevent access to guns for the small minority of the mentally ill who are dangerous.

We cannot let politics get in the way of doing the right thing for our kids, families and the millions of responsible gun owners.  As a former social worker at Sunnyslope and Shaw Butte Elementary schools in Phoenix, I understand the importance of this issue and am committed to having a discussion with all sides of the debate to pass legislation that helps protect all Americans.  Should legislation regarding this issue be considered by the House of Representatives, I will keep your views in mind as we work on this complex and important subject.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.  I encourage you to visit my website at for up-to-date information, press releases, and other information.


Kyrsten Sinema
Member of Congress


Thank you for the response, Ms. Sinema.  If you’re serious about having that “discussion with all sides of the debate”,  I am more than willing to have that discussion with you at any time, any place.  You know how to reach me.

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Tucson Anti-Gun Forum Needs to Hear Your Voice on March 16th, 2013

March 15th, 2013 by Capitalist Pig · No Comments · Arizona, News, Shooting

If you live anywhere near Tucson Arizona, you have an opportunity on Saturday to participate in the “national conversation on gun control”, or at least support the only pro-rights person member on the panel.  Widely praised Second Amendment scholar, author and attorney David T. Hardy will be the only pro-gun/pro-rights member of the panel.  Mr. Hardy will represent your rights, and be the only voice of reason, in the discussion about “common sense gun control ideas.”

From Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik:

Beginning at 2pm at St. Marks Church (3809 E. Third Street – a block west of Alvernon) I’ll be participating in a forum with several other people to discuss the issue of common sense gun control ideas. Also on the panel will be Pam Simon (January 8th survivor and member of Demand A Plan,) State Representatives Bruce Wheeler and Victoria Steele, State Senator David Bradley, and Tucson Attorney and gun rights advocate David Hardy. Possible attendees will also be Representatives Grijalva and Barber – depending on schedules and what’s going on out in D.C.

The forum is scheduled to last until 4pm.

There will be opening remarks by the panel members, and then questions from the audience. I know each of the people ho are on the panel and it is my expectation that this will be an opportunity to listen to varying viewpoints on this volatile topic in a way that is non-confrontational and respectful. With this topic, that’s not always the case.

If you live near the Tucson area and value your right to bear arms, your attendance is critical to demonstrate to the Tucson City Council that they can’t justify trampling your freedoms using sham “forums” like this one.

Saturday, March 16th, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, at St. Marks Church, 3809 E. Third Street, Tucson, AZ.

H/T to Arizona Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of Arizona for the heads-up.

Spread the word and please, arrive early to fill the room with pro-rights people.

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Those Were the Days – .22LR Prices Then and Now

March 14th, 2013 by Capitalist Pig · 6 Comments · News, Shooting

Lately, shopping for .22 Long Rifle cartridges has made me a little nostalgic for the days of yesteryear, when .22 was much cheaper than .40 S&W. The price of a fastfood meal would buy 500 rounds of .22 Long Rifle ammunition, or as we used to call it, a few hours of shooting.

Things have changed!  Bricks of .22 LR were going for $80 to $100 each at our last gun show, when you could find them. I thought it was outrageously expensive, until I found it online for $189.99.

$189.99 per 500 round brick of RWS .22LR, 3-13-201


If I had only known in the late 1990s how much the under-appreciated .22 LR would be worth today, I’d be rich.  Obscenely rich!


Expensive UMC .22 LR Bricks in the late 90s.

Yes, $9.89 was a high retail price for 500 rounds of .22 LR, but the sale prices were good.


UMC .22LR Bicks were $6.99 in the 90s (about 1998)

UMC .22LR Bicks were $6.99 in the 90s (about 1998)


I wonder if my bank knows how much ammo is stored in their safe deposit boxes now?






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