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NRAAM 2019 Musings

  • What do you get when you mix guns, gear, politics, and tens of thousands of good people into a small area?
    • You get a happy DaddyBear, that’s what
  • The IMI Tavor X95 SBR 13-inch bullpup was whispering sweet nothings in my ear all weekend. It had a decent trigger, and it was one of the few guns I brought up to my shoulder and immediately had a good sight picture on. This is going on the list to buy if and when I start making Larry Correia money.
  • Winchester is dipping its toes into the semi-automatic .22 rifle market with its new Wildcat. They took a lot of the things I like about the Ruger 10/22 and added a few more neat things. This very light rifle will take its own magazines and anything that will work in a 10/22. If you use the Winchester magazines, then the bolt locks to the rear after the last cartridge is fired, something the 10/22 doesn’t have out of the box. Take down is as easy as pushing a rubber button in the butt stock and pulling out the trigger guard. With an MSRP of $249, this might be a fun gun for the range or the truck. As light as the rifle is, it would also be a great gun for working with young people.
  • Speaking of Ruger, I really liked the new .22 Wrangler revolver. It’s a six-shot, single-action revolver that caught my “I wanna be a cowboy” eye and kept it. It’s a relatively light gun that fit well in my big hands. The single-action trigger was crisp but not too light. With an MSRP of $249, this would make an excellent trainer or plinker.
  • I made the obligatory visit to the CRKT booth to oggle their latest wares. Two things stood out to me. First, there was the $200 folding karambit, dubbed the Provoke. While it has one of the neatest folding mechanisms I’ve seen, I have enough scars on my forearms to pass on this one. The one that really caught my eye was the FlatOut, a basic locking folder. There wasn’t one to be had at the NRAAM, but with the magic of the Internet, I ordered one before I left the show floor. It came out of the box with a wickedly sharp edge, and I’m looking forward to seeing how well it keeps it and how easily it sharpens.
  • I learned a rather important lesson on Saturday. Someone I knew from the Internet introduced himself, and he, Drang, and I wandered around the show floor together. He was interested in upgrading the factory sights on his Walther pistol, and we hit all of the usual suspects to see what worked for him. Interestingly enough, only one vendor, XS Sights, has sights that would work on his pistol.
    • As a 1911 and Glock owner, it really hadn’t occurred to me that not all vendors provide parts for all common guns.
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  1. OldNFO

     /  May 1, 2019

    It was great to see you and the wife and boy! 🙂


  2. John in Philly

     /  May 3, 2019

    “…it would also be a great gun for working with young people.”
    I’ll chip in with my thought that it would also be a great gun for we older folks with shoulder and wrist problems.

    It sounds like you had a great time there.


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