Beard Owners Club

beards in combatI recently discovered that there is a sub-group of gun owners that are into extreme beards.  I saw extreme, but I guess I should more accurately say “tacti-cool.”  I guess this comes from people wanting to look like soldiers who have been down range or something.  A bunch of the guys in this sub-group are actually good people, but some are just armchair commandos having gotten no closer to combat than a re-run of Full Metal Jacket.  Sad but true.

I’ve worn a beard for a very long time.  Bearding is nothing new to me.  I think I’ve had a beard since about 1995, but that is a guestimate at best.

The key thing about beards is you’ve got to make them look good.  That means regular shampoo and grooming.  Do not walk around with an unclean beard.  That’s disgusting to everyone, and makes the rest of us beard owners look bad.

You want to trim your beard.  I use a Remington MB4040 beard trimmer, but there are a lot of good ones on the market.  Some are better than others, but if you stick to the big brands you should be ok.

beardingThere are various shampoos on the market that have been specially formulated for facial hair. It is up to you if you want to use one of them.  I think they are pretty good, but regular hair shampoo does the trick for me.  Some people like to use an oil on their beard.  I think these are pretty good also.  I sometimes use one, but only when I am not planning on being outside working all day.  Why waste a good beard oil if I am just going to go out and get sweaty?

I think guns and beards go well together, but gun owners should take care to keep the beards in check.  You don’t want a very long beard getting tangled up in the workings of your AK-47 for example.  Not only would that hurt a lot (ask me how I know…) it can also jam up the functioning of your gun.  That, my friends, is vey bad juju if you are actually in a fight for your life.

New Colt Revolvers

I don’t have any pictures, but I have it on very good authority that Colt will re-introduce the D-frame revolver line at the 2014 SHOT Show.  Is anyone going?  I’d love to see photos of these things as soon as they start showing them.

No word on pricing or anything, but I hear there will be a .38 Special and .357 Magnum both introduced initially with that glorious Colt bluing!  I am really looking forward to seeing these.

I wonder if they will re-start some of the high end models?  I am really hurting for a Colt Python.  Sure, I know it would be expensive, but a man can dream, can’t he?

No word on any other finishes such as a nickel or stainless.  Lord help us if they decide a pink gun is where the market is!  I don’t think I could ever buy another Colt product if that happened.  Well, we will just have to wait and see what they bring us.  Here’s hoping!

New Guns Coming Soon!

Scouring the internet, I have found a variety of new gun rumors and even a few announcements. I know the SHOT Show is always the “big event,” but often new firearms are announced ahead of time. Ruger is pretty famous for this. They tend to introduce a few things about a week or two before the show, just to get a jump on the other manufacturers.

new SIG Sauer rifle

Image courtesy of Guns Holsters And Gear.

Ruger did announce a new 7.62 NATO rifle based on the SR-556 platform, and they have also mentioned a new Red Label shotgun.  But, I would expect to see something new from them in about six weeks.  Perhaps a new auto-loading shotgun and a compact version of the SR-45.  Time will tell.

It looks like a few new SIG SAUER M400 rifles will be introduced, including one with a pink camo paint job.  I hate it, so I am sure it will sell well.  That’s just how things are for me.  The company is also showing a new long range rifle called the Predator, which should be good for reaching out an taking a coyote or prairie dog.  Vermin, those ones.

Glock…well, I wouldn’t expect anything new or interesting from these guys.  They have a one trick pony and they will ride it until it falls over.  But, I don’t see that horse getting ill any time soon.

Smith & Wesson has been pretty tight lipped this year.  I would not be surprised to see something (or several somethings) from them in January.  I don’t think they announced any new guns since last January, so they are due to make a big splash.

Taurus has also been pretty quiet.  They had some management changes, so I expect the new guy has been making in-house quality control improvements.  Or, at least I hope he has.  Taurus often has good ideas, but crappy production.

Colt sounds like they will be rolling out some new revolvers in 2014.  What will we see?  Some mass market wheel guns, or some high-end Python-esque shooting irons?  They aren’t saying.  Personally, I’d love a Detective Special.

My Favorite Pocket Revolver

I like revolvers.  Sure, that may be “old school” to a lot of modern shooters, but there is something about the internal workings of the revolver that I really like.  I hand fitted Colt Python is much like a fine Swiss watch.  The lockwork and moving parts create a certain, special rhythm that a craftsman can appreciate.


My favorite pocket revolver is the Smith & Wesson 442.  This little gun is part of the company’s J-Frame line of revolvers.  It has a two inch barrel and hold five rounds of .38 Special.  It kicks, but not very badly.  Even when I load some heavy +P loads from Buffalo Bore, the gun isn’t punishing.

The frame is made of aluminum, and it has a black finish.  The company has several revolvers like this one in other colors (such as the stainless steel model 642 that some people prefer.)  I like the black.  It is subtle and understated.

The gun has a plain front ramp with a notch cut into the top strap for a rear sight.  The sights are not match grade, but I can hit my target more often than not at 25+ yards.  That’s not bad with a snub nose gun.

I carry a handgun with me all of the time.  I owe it to myself and my family to protect them (and me) from the violent predators who roam our society.  It is a sad truth, yes, but a truth none the less.  There is no virtue in being a victim, no wisdom in useless sacrifice.  As long as I draw breath, I will protect my family from evil, and the 442 gives me a tool that I can use in their defense.

In case you are wondering, I like the DeSantis pocket holsters, but I have also tried some others out there.  It is a very personal decision, but that is what works for me.

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Kahr makes a drop in ported barrel for their K9 and E9 pistols.  The 9mm handguns are not known for excessive recoil, but the ported 4″ barrel will help lessen felt recoil.

The barrel is a user “drop in” part, requiring no gunsmithing.  The ported barrel has an MSRP of $154.99, but Kahr appears to be offering them for $129.99.  Kahr notes this is a special price, so the lower price is not likely to last forever.

XS Sights is now making their express-style sights for the Ruger LC9.  The sights can be had with the standard dot or big dot front sight.

The XS Sight Systems express sights use a tritium insert (glows in the dark) on the front sight with a white outline.  The rear sight uses a shallow V with a white stripe.  The setup is designed to allow the shooter to quickly acquire the front sight, which can be critical in a high-stress situation.

The sight sets are $90 each.

I.C.E. Training is introducing two new training classes in 2012:  Introduction to Defensive Handguns and Defensive Firearms Coach Certification.

According to I.C.E., Introduction to Defensive Handguns “…is designed to educate the student about the handguns that are best for personal defense and how to use them efficiently in the context of a home defense scenario.”  The class runs between four to six hours depending on the class size.  Tuition is $150.

The Defensive Firearms Coach Certification is at the other end of the training spectrum.  The three-day class “…is designed to increase the student’s understanding of defensive firearms, their use in a home defense situation and increase their ability to share that information with others.”

The majority of the time is spent in the classroom, but about 30% of the course is spent on the range.  500 rounds of ammunition is required to complete the live fire training.  The class cost is $800.

For more information on these course, visit the I.C.E. site.

I spotted what may be the first SIG P224 advertisement in the January edition of Shooting Industry.   The more I look at it, the more I like it.  I can’t wait until the SHOT Show to see how the P224 feels in the hand.