VZ-2008 Review and take down.

Processed-4071 copyThe rifle has some unique features you won’t find on an AK such as a last round bolt hold.  The benefits of a last round bolt hold cut two ways.  While they can facilitate a faster mag change, you leave the internals of your rifle wide open to fouling which is one reason why you don’t see that feature on some military rifles.  There is also a stripper clip guide on the top of the bolt that allows the magazine to be reloaded while still in the rifle, reminiscent of the SKS bolt design.  While the rifle is easy to break down, there are several differences between it and it’s look alike big brother the AK, you can see the VZ-2008 broken down HERE. –

You can see my entire article over on The Bang Switch

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We’ll be teaming up with Military Arms Channel for a comparison of several different VZ-58 clones next month, so stay tuned!

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Confiscation of ‘registered’ weapons about to begin in CT. Updated with notice

594px-Flag_of_Connecticut.svg“Registration always leads to Confiscation”.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Registration eventually always leads to confiscation.

For those gun owners who dropped their registrations in the mail and they got post marked a day late…well you’ve given the state notarized proof you are in possession of “illegal” weapons or magazines.

I use quotations around illegal because I don’t believe they are truly are.  After all the Supreme Court has ruled that any law in violation of the Constitution is void and that law is most certainly in violation of Second Amendment… but I digress.

State officials are giving these owners “one more chance” to get rid of the banned items before turning those records over to prosecutors.

This ladies and gentlemen is one of the many pitfalls of registering… the law in America today doesn’t care about justice, it only cares about compliance.

Once again we see the State tip-toeing around going door to door and working on intimidation instead.  Why?  I’ll leave it to you for conjecture but how would door to door raids serve for the “we aren’t coming for your guns” crowd?  Yeah…

I offer this for the Law Enforcement officers of Connecticut, remember your Oath and the Constitution should you be called upon to violate the Rights of those you serve: The People.

Update:
This is a copy of the letter being sent out to CT residents in ‘violation’.
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Unbiased customer reviews worth more for companies than advertising? Some of us already knew that.

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13C hard at work… or hardly working?

A recent article on Entrepreneur.com caught my eye.  It’s about establishing your business on “review sights”.  The gist of the article is about how important online reviews are and how to get noticed and so forth.

One thing most large companies and ad agencies miss, and that most of us in the firearms world have known for awhile, is each customer is a walking testament to your product. No matter how big you get, you simply shouldn’t be writing any customer off because ‘it’s easier’ or it’s “just one guy”.  In that same token, being a “big guy” doesn’t ring as true to some consumers as the ‘Mom and Pop’ folks that aren’t paid by the companies whose products they review (disclaimer: 13C has never been paid for reviewing a product.  Ever.)

The beauty of today’s digital age is the freedom to post, find and search for virtually anything you can think of.  It’s driving industries to evolve or go the way of the dinosaur.  Some places, like certain main stream media source, choose to become dinosaurs rather than evolve and give the consumer what they want.

Some companies take constructive criticism and use it to improve their product.  The article from Entrepreneur touches on this concept and sometimes in the Firearms world you see a company that just can’t accept constructive criticism.

Case in point is a ‘sniper’ rifle company that is currently suing a gentlemen AND the internet chat board he posted a negative review on.  I honestly don’t know enough about that particular rifle and the situation to interject my opinion on it but I can say, as a third party observer, that the company in question has probably destroyed itself over this issue.

The blow back is rippling across the net and it isn’t pretty.  If I had to guess the party filing the lawsuit got some line from their attorney that a win in court would be ‘vindication’… the attorney was looking at dollar signs in this case, not their clients best interests.   Even if they win, who wants to buy from a company that may sue them if they get a dud rifle and write a bad review?   It’s worse than cutting your nose off to spite your face, it’s flat out suicide.

They obviously didn’t read #3 on the article-

3. Deal with negative reviews head-on.

Chances are you’ll attract a handful of grumpy customers. Should you ignore them? Respond? Perhaps you should celebrate them, like New York’s JoeDough Sandwich Shop did with a sign outside that read: “Come in and try the worst meatball sandwich that one guy on Yelp ever had in his life.” The truth is, there is no one right answer for dealing with negative reviews. The best you can do is apologize and try to make it right.

Invested as you are in your company’s reputation, the criticism might sting. But it’s helpful to remember that not even Tolstoy earns five stars on Amazon. (War and Peace gets a paltry 4.5.) And, paradoxically, a few negative notices will only add to your credibility, signaling that the reviews are authentic and unvarnished.

You may find yourself the victim of an internet troll who just likes to stir things up. “In those instances,” Kramer says, “leaving it alone is the best path, because the worst thing you can do to someone seeking attention by being mean or negative is to ignore them.”

Crap happens.  Even if you make the best product in the world, eventually something is going to slip through QC.  It’s Murphy’s law.  The question then becomes one of customer service and that is where a company with an otherwise good product can make or break itself.

Today in the firearms community you will find many folks, including 13C, who do what we do because we’ve been there.  We’ve been stuck trying to decide between ABC and XYZ and we’ve made the mistake one too many times of making the wrong choice.

Now that we have an opportunity to help others make informed choices we are doing it.  The internet makes it possible for small independent men and women like us to get our voice out there and to help others.

Being little guys we can’t review everything and we often work together and collaborate with other reviewers to figure out for ourselves how things compare and what works best.  I’ll be the first to admit when I’m looking at buying something new I’m not familiar with, I turn to fellow reviews and give them credit for my choice to purchase when credit is due.

Case in point the TacCon 3MR trigger, after seeing MAC from Military Arm Channel review his, I’m sold.  Would I have given it a chance after the previous gimmick triggers like the infamous TacTigger or HellFire?  Probably not, especially at the price point.

Personally I’m proud to be part of a community that is really unlike any other and I look forward to bringing you fresh new reviews and most of all having fun.  That’s the biggest thing for me, having fun and be able to help my fellow shooters.

I can’t tell you how good it feels to have feedback from you all such as “I was on the fence and bought it after seeing your review, I love it!”  Like wise I like being able to steer someone away from something that might not be right for them.  I have a basement full of stuff I wish I never bought and had some of these reviews been out when I was looking at them, I probably never would have.

Thanks again everyone and don’t forget to check us out on Google+  .  Facebook continues to put the screws to those us in the RKBA and Liberty circles and we are trying to move away from it.

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Massive Civil Disobedience: The media is starting to recognize Americans don’t want to register their firearms.

594px-Flag_of_Connecticut.svgAs previously reported here on 13C less than 50,000 assault weapons were registered in Connecticut prior to the December 31st deadline.

Initial media spin reports blamed it on everything from post offices closing early to people not being made aware of the new law.

Estimates place as many as 350,000 assault weapons  in CT prior to January 1 2014.

State Sen. Tony Guglielmo says residents think that their rights are being violated, and they refuse to abide by the law. He also says he has “never seen a law willfully disobeyed like this”.

FoxNews talking head Trace Gallagher ended their segment on this civil disobedience by saying: “This is astonishing considering this is Connecticut not exactly Texas.”

Please share stories like these with your fellow gun owners, especially those in CT right now.  Sticking to your guns and ignoring a blatantly unconstitutional law, knowing it will make you a felon, isn’t something to scoff at.

I hope the good people of Connecticut know the rest of the nation stand behind them opposing this tyrannical new law.

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CT already looking to give amnesty for those who didn’t register.

594px-Flag_of_Connecticut.svgAs the end of the year came to a close I wrote an article about how Connecticut gun owners who had “assault weapons” or “high capacity magazines” had to register by December 31, 2013.

Several things were pointed out in that article, including how low the number of registrations actually were.  50,000 ‘assault weapons’ and less than 40,000 people registered magazines.  Yes you read that right… for the entire state of Connecticut.

It would seem massive civil disobedience is alive and well in the North East and the politicians know it and are quaking in their jack boots over it.

Enter the classic ‘amnesty’ scheme because the “post office closed early on the 31st.”

That’s right, the legislators of CT would have us believe that tens of thousands of more firearms and millions of more magazines would have been registered if only ‘the post office was open for 3 more hours’.

As of now the Governor of CT isn’t accepting any late registrations until the legislators pass an amnesty bill.

Recognize the spin by the media and tyrants who passed that unconstitutional bunk being passed off as law.  This is damage control and a feeble attempt to get more registrations as they work towards their ultimate goal of confiscation.

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Senator from CA shows his ignorance of firearms in an epic way.

casenatorghostgunIt seems like any time an anti self defense politician from California holds a press conference about firearms they say or do something that shows how little they know about the items they want to ban and the Rights they want to deny you.  State Senator Kevin de Leon took that normal level of  ignorance to an entirely new level the other day.

The issue at hand?  “Printed” firearms.  I’ve covered them before so I won’t address them in this article except to say , we’ll just focus on the Senators complete ignorance of firearms in general.

“has the ability with a 30 caliber clip, to disperse with 30 bullets within half a second.”  Keep in mind, this man wants to ban something he knows nothing about.  He continues- “30 magazine clip, half a second”.

During the press conference you can see a man standing behind the Senator and to his left rolling his eyes repeatedly.  With claims of “thirty magazine clip, half a second”, you have to wonder why he didn’t smack the Senator in the back of his head and offer him a V-8.

Later in the debacle Senator de Leon holds up an AR-15 and starts referring to it as an “automatic sniper rifle”  He also claims it, like the other “ghost gun” was printed in someones garage.

It’s probably important to note the optic and various other items on them, such as an MOE stock and foregrip and harris bipod were not “printed in a garage”.

casenator2gunsAnyone seeing the shiny stainless steel conspicuously protruding from the end of the “automatic sniper rifle” could also logically assume it wasn’t printed from plastic.

I have to be honest, I couldn’t make it through the half hour press conference.  I felt like I was losing an IQ point for every second that went by.

The 3D printer is the bane of tyrants everywhere.  While it hasn’t been perfected yet, it will allow citizens all over the world to create in their homes the tools of self defense necessary to prevent another Auschwitz or have a more successful Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

Like always the goal of those who support gun control is CONTROL.  It has nothing to do with keeping you or your children safe.

You can watch a clip of the Senators remarks here:

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Alabama man shoots would be assailant in a Dollar General store.

dollargeneralThe story is a bit bizarre, a man entered a Dallas County Dollar General store and started waving a gun.  The motive isn’t clear yet but when made the clerk and another customer enter a back break room, the customer decided it was time to put and end to the insanity.

Initially the store has other customers inside as well as a delivery person but when Kevin McLaughlin pulled out a gun and started waving it around, they fled the store and several 9-1-1 calls were immediately placed.

It’s not clear why Marlo Ellis and the unnamed cashier also didn’t flee as well before being ushered towards the back break room.  McLaughlin allegedly threatened to “kill everyone”.

Ellis was carrying a concealed handgun at the time and shot McLaughlin once in the chest as they were being forced into the break room, preventing what may have turned into a hostage situation or execution.

noopencarrysignMcLaughlin was pronounced dead at scene and the Sheriffs office is not treating the shooting as a crime at this point and no charges have been filed, although the Dallas Co sheriff is investing and will forward the matter to a Grand Jury as a matter of procedure.

Interestingly the store has a sign banning open carry in the store.  Presumably concealed carry isn’t banned by the store.

We’ll follow up on the story and keep you updated on this story and reaction, if any, from Dollar General.  Security camera footage has not yet been released yet either.

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Ruling: Chicago ban on sales and transfers of firearms are unconstitutional.

Chicago_City_SealColorA federal judge has ruled that Chicago’s ban on the sale and transfer of firearms inside city limits are unconstitutional.

The 35 page ruling by U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang had some notable quotes:

“The stark reality facing the City each year is thousands of shooting victims and hundreds of murders committed with a gun. But on the other side of this case is another feature of government: certain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government’s reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment”

I have to say, I’m impressed by the last portion of this quote in which he nails it: “fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution”.  It’s encouraging to see a federal judge using the proper terminology and recognizes that Rights supersede the Constitution and that the Constitution doesn’t ‘grant’ them.

He goes on to say:  “Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms.”

While a win overall, there are several issues I have with the ruling, the first is that the judge places a stay on his ruling until Chicago has a chance to appeal.

Again we have another judge and another court ruling something is unconstitutional but allowing it to stand, I covered that several months ago during the decision by the Illinois Supreme court that allowed a blatant violation of the peoples Right to self defense to continue because: ‘eventually people can get a license to defend themselves…’

These “stays” are outside of the authority of these judges.  One of the most famous court decisions ever, Marbury v Madison, settled that issue over two centuries ago:
an act of the Legislature repugnant to the Constitution is void.

Void.  Void as in never was and never should have been.  Some people would take this opportunity to point out this judge was appointed by the current administration…

We’ll continue to keep you updated, I expect the city of Chicago to waste more taxpayer money by appealing this decision.

You can see a great legal viewpoint from Judge Andrew Napolitano here:
http://video.foxnews.com/v/3023753750001/010714judgenap1310/

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Volunteer Santa shot on camera on Christmas Eve handing out presents.

santashotpelletSome things you just can’t make up.

What sort of sick and depraved lunatic would shoot a volunteer Santa as he prepares to hand out toys to children in a crime ridden and economically depressed neighborhood?  Police are on the hunt for that douche bag right now.

Xavier Hawkins was that volunteer Santa and the neighborhood was in the Barry Farm section of South DC.  Mr Hawkins has been volunteering for years and as he puts it “giving back”.  There were dozens of people present including little children.

Not letting the assailant stop their mission, the toy distribution continued while Mr Hawkins was transported to the hospital.

Luckily for Mr Hawkins he was shot with a pellet gun and after a few hours in the hospital he was released and is expected to fully recover from the ordeal.  Police are still looking for the assailant.

Always be on guard and be ever vigilant, you never know when some nutball is going to try and ruin your day.

You can watch the video of the incident as it happened here:
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