Browning HP, Sig Sauer, Glock.

Red-faced defence chiefs squandered millions of pounds on 6,000 pistols that were scrapped after just five years. A damning example of waste by the Ministry of Defence top brass, who bought the Sig Sauer handguns before ditching them in favour of Austrian-made Glock. The embarrassing fiasco came at a time when the cash-strapped department was axing 30,000 troops, fighter jets, warships and tanks in a desperate bid to save money. The MoD ordered the consignment of Sig semi-automatic pistols in 2008 as an Urgent Operational Requirement to enable British soldiers to protect themselves better in Afghanistan. UPDATED:  out of pure interest  1.Welcome to    2.MOD Sales, Military Vehicles & Used Ex MOD Land Rovers for Sale   3.Direct Sales – MOD Sales, Military Vehicles & Used Ex MOD Land … Change the £ for $ to appreciate valuearticle-0-005FEA2200000258-191_634x401But in January last year the Army announced that after extensive tests it was replacing the ageing standard-issue Cold War-era Browning pistol – introduced nearly 50 years ago – with the Glock 17 Gen 4 handgun. The Treasury has spent £6 billion on Urgent Operations Requirements, or UORs, which has involved rushing new kit into service in Iraq and Afghanistan when existing equipment proves to be dangerously inadequate MORE HERE:  Ministry of Defence spent millions of pounds on 6000 pistols which it ditched after just five years


It is my own humble opinion that you cannot judge a decision made in 2008, by the standard of today. In addition to this, the decision to purchase the 6,000 Sig Sauer pistols was part of an ‘Urgent Operational Requirement’ for troops engaged in hostile operations. As such it would have been placed as a bulk emergency order, with the criteria to over match the Browning, at the cheapest price. Its use as a secondary weapon would have been against targets up close and very personal. It was well-known that the 9mm Browning High Power pistols were at the very end of their life in 2000! 

As far as kit and weapons were concerned when I served as a RM; we fortunately had the best, as well as specialist kit unseen in the Army/RAF at the time. I had only one complaint, and that was against the first issue of the RM high leg combat boots. The procurement officer within the Corps should have been reamed out with an old Christmas tree for signing off on them. Typical of such a trial the main issue went to Staff officers, clerks, cooks, and bottle washers. Only a small handful of Commando Unit Marines received a pair for evaluation, of which all complained of their total unsuitability; no one listened. It took five years before some genius rectified the fault, which resulted in a far superior boot. Drip session now over…       Yours Aye.

‘Two friends’ Backpack adventure…

article-2543240-1AD97EE200000578-999_636x382Gun Manufacturers Smith & Wesson have unleashed their newest revolver: a monster .460 calibre handgun which they say is ‘great for a back-up gun, or for hunting’. Named the ‘Backpack Cannon’, the gun was unveiled in Las Vegas on Monday at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade show, the largest gun show in the U.S., which around 60,000 gun fans attend every year.article-2543240-1AD97FDA00000578-20_634x382 The cannon features a three-inch barrel, high visibility sights and synthetic shock absorber on the rear of the handle, as well as a massive chamber to fit the gigantic .460 calibre rounds, which are some of the biggest and most powerful bullets in the world. MORE HERE: Smith & Wesson unveil the Backpack Cannon, their monster .460 caliber revolver

I thought they released a version of this several years ago? Apparently this version comes with an optional two-wheel ‘strap on barrel bogey,’ and twelve feet of thick para cord, so owners can trundle along dragging it behind them! OK, I made the last bit up about the wheels and cord… Would I have one? Of course I would, just in case ‘Nipper’ ever went rogue, and turned on me ;-)      Yours Aye.

A fistful of $ Dollars USD

Or a fistful of £ Sterling, depending on what side of the pond you hail from. bill-424276

That’s what you will require to purchase Wild Bill Hickok’s Smith & Wesson No 2 revolver when it comes up for auction. The .32 gun with a 6in barrel, blue finish and varnished rosewood grips comes with documentation proving its provenance. 68920 WILD WEST fans will need a fistful of dollars to buy the ­pistol Wild Bill Hickok was ­carrying With todays currency conversion, that’s $ 498,352-USD, or £ 320,000-Sterling. I would lay odds on that it stays on the $ side of the pond, which is where its true history sits. (it would have to be de-commissioned if it was brought into the UK, a gross act of legislative vandalism)!

Yours Aye.

I Support Starbucks and the 2A

Starbucks and 2AMoms Demand Action is a little hot under the collar about Starbucks honoring state and local laws regarding the carry of firearms in their stores. Essentially the java joint matches their store policies with law. So they allow firearms in the coffeeshop if local law allows it. And to show appreciation, gun aficionados are staging a buy-in on August 9th. (I thought it was today and passed by one at the mall. We rolled in and bought three drinks to show support. None of the baristas had any idea about the buy-in, probably because I had the wrong day. But they were friendly to the idea. 2nd Amendment, one of them asked. Neat.)

US Concealed Carry, Inc.

USCCAI find the idea of concealed carry enticing, it’s a great privilege and responsibility. One day, when I’m finished with Navy deployments, I’ll explore a CCW license. In the meantime, I’ll just have to go here:

Welcome to the United States Concealed Carry Association, the Nation’s Ultimate Concealed Carry Resource

If you’re like me, you believe in the 2nd Amendment and that self-defense is a natural-born right. This website is for people like us, people who are willing to carry a concealed weapon to protect their loved ones.

Enjoy our collection of Concealed Carry information and stay safe,

Tim Schmidt
Founder, US Concealed Carry, Inc.
Publisher, Concealed Carry Magazine

The beauty of the second amendment is that it helps guarantee the other amendments. For other gun news, do go visit the Gun Feed. It’s like a midnight buffet, minus the conga line.

Nikki Haley at FNH-USA

Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley, also known as South Carolina’s governor Nikki Haley, visited the FNH-USA factory:

Nikki Haley at FNH-USA.

Nikki Haley at FNH-USA.

Just looking up information on the governor yielded some interesting results:

Her husband, Michael Haley, is a federal employee with the United States Department of the Army and an officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard and was sent on a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in January 2013. The couple have two children, Rena and Nalin. Haley’s brother Mitti Randhawa was an active duty officer who served in the U.S. Army for 20 years.

Every state’s governor should learn about firearms. They are our national heritage. The story of United States is interwoven with the development of guns. I’ve given up on California’s politicians, but I commend the governor of South Carolina for visiting the FNH plant (and getting a concealed-weapons permit.)

Young Sarah Merkle Sings the Truth

Sarah Merckle

Sarah Merkle

If you have an extra five minutes, go hustle your happy way over to this gun-grrrrl’s site to watch a video of Sarah Merkle.

She is a Maryland teenager, eloquent in her defense of the second amendment.

I can’t think of a recent clip I’ve seen that states the constitutional position with such clarity.

And I love how she brings up Chicago and compares the stringent laws the Windy City has with its gun deaths. (There were more gun deaths in Chicago than in the Afghanistan War during the same time period.)

Go Chow at the Gun Feed

The Gun FeedIf you have some extra time on your hands and you are pre-disposed towards weapons and news about them, you really should go to the Gun Feed. It’s a site set up like the Drudge Report, but it is entirely based on guns. The top story, on the Tavor X95, is fascinating. And they have all the right advertisers: Glock, the NRA, Wilson Combat, Ruger. Somewhere, buried deep within its exalted pages, is a link to this blog. I have no idea which blogpost is generating the traffic, I just hope it is not this one.

Ladies, Do Learn How to Use a Gun

Call 911Courtesy of America’s Sergeant Major, this next story is the millionth reminder of why self-reliance is important. And learning how to use a gun can save your life:

An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts.

Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.

“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know, obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”

 Time to cross Josephine County off the retirement list.

TrackingPoint Is Increasing Your Squeezing Ability

TrackingPoint is a gun company founded by John McHale. And their weapons are getting a fair amount of press right now, especially their Precision Guided Firearms or PGFs, which use Linux-powered scopes to assist in trigger-squeezing:

Austin-based startup TrackingPoint isn’t typical Ars fare, but its use of technology to enable getting just the perfect shot was intriguing enough to get me to stop by and take a look at the company’s products.

The TrackingPoint XS1, chambered in a .338 Lapua Magnum, with a 27-inch Krieger barrel and 300 grain match rounds

The TrackingPoint XS1, in a .338 Lapua Magnum, a 27-inch Krieger barrel, 300 grain match rounds.

TrackingPoint makes “Precision Guided Firearms, or “PGFs,” which are a series of three heavily customized hunting rifles, ranging from a .300 Winchester Magnum with a 22-inch barrel up to a .338 Lapua Magnum with 27-inch barrel, all fitted with advanced computerized scopes that look like something directly out of The Terminator. Indeed, the comparison to that movie is somewhat apt, because looking through the scope of a Precision Guided Firearm presents you with a collection of data points and numbers, all designed to get a bullet directly from point A to point B.

It would be fun to shoot ‘em. . .

The FNH F2000 Bullpup

When it comes to guns, I am easy to enthrall. I would not say I am obsessed, I’ve gone years without reading up on them or shooting. Rather, I look at my enthusiasm as a healthy respect and interest. Both in technology advances and in back history. And regardless of how they shoot, I’ve always found the bullpup to be an interesting design:

The F2000 carbine was developed in 1990’s as a new generation of military assault rifles. It was finally released in 2000 with updates and final modifications made in 2002. A highly innovative bullpup design offering a full-length barrel, the F2000 system is compact and modular, and can be readily adapted to meet specific mission requirements.

The FNH F2000 carbine

The FNH F2000 carbine

The gas-operated carbine is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO and features an ambidextrous polymer stock. It may be fitted with a variety of optical or electronic sights and target designators, as well as tactical lights and lasers to meet the operator’s needs.

I imagine it is quite lethal close-in. . .