Today, Smith and Wesson has announced a safety alert that has the potential to cover virtually every single Shield on the market today. For those with one of these faulty pistols, it is a serious condition that should be addressed immediately.
The recall covers “ALL M&P Shield™ firearms manufactured before August 19, 2013.”
“Smith & Wesson has identified a condition where the trigger bar pin could damage the lower trigger in certain M&P Shields in a way that may affect the functionality of the drop safety feature of the firearm, potentially allowing the pistol to discharge if it is dropped.”
There is both a picture and text walk thru as well as a video to determine if you have one of the faulty pistols so you can determine if your pistol is faulty.
Please contact Smith & Wesson directly at 877-899-6259 to arrange for the repair, if necessary, of your pistol. You can find out more information at the official recall page.
We’ll keep you updated should any more information become available.
Complacency is always waiting, right alongside Mr Murphy, even in a safety class.
A 73 year old Ohio firearms instructor had a negligent discharge in one of the Concealed Carry classes he was teaching and let a round fly into a desk. The round ricocheted off a desk and struck Michael Piemonte in his arm.
Luckily for Mr Piemonte of the 30 people in the class, 3 were nurses were and one was an EMT. Fellow classmates rendered aid to him until EMS arrived and transported him to Grant medical center where he was later released that night.
Terry J. Dunlap Sr., the instructor, was giving his class near Lancaster, Ohio, at the Central Ohio Coon Hunters association. It’s unclear how long Mr Dunlap has been a firearms and safety instructor.
Complacency is a very dangerous thing and something every gun owner should never allow to happen. We’ve all heard one of the golden rules of firearms safety “Never let the muzzle cover anything you aren’t willing to destroy.” Some say that provided you don’t break more than one rule at once, you won’t shoot anyone. Luckily for Mr Piemonte the .357 Ruger, loaded with .38spl, wasn’t pointing directly at him when it discharged but things like ricochets can and do happen.
At this time the Fairfield county Sheriff believes the shooting to be accidental and no charges have been filed.
Hopefully a valuable lesson can be learned from this negligent incident, from the instructor to the students in the class and to those reading about this story.
A small anti-gun group has called for a boycott of Starbucks on Friday 8-9-2013.
As in previous attempted boycotts, supporters of the Right to Keep and Bear will be flocking to Starbucks to show their support for a company that refuses to ban firearms on it’s property, even after protests and some negative press.
The last attempted boycott was on Valentines Day, pro RKBA supporters showed up and made it one of the busiest days of the year for the company, all across the nation.
If you are considering a cup of coffee or a frozen coffee drink, consider dropping by your local Starbucks. Supporters will be doing various things to show they are there to support Starbucks and RKBA from wearing pro-gun shirts to paying with $2 bills, a clever play of the 2A.
Do you plan on visiting Starbucks to counter the protest? Let us know on our Facebook page your plans for the day.
There has been a lot of conspiracy talk over the limited quantities of ammunition currently available and Hornady has release another statement regarding their production and future plans.
Basically Hornady is going to do everything it can to crank out as much ammo as it can as fast as it can. In order to do that they are going to add more production capabilities and get more machine uptime by temporarily suspending offerings that are less popular.
For those who aren’t familiar, one machine can make several different kinds of ammunition depending on how it’s set up. Think about your reloading press at home and how you can change out calibers on it or even just change out round nose vs hollow point seating options.
While it may only take you an hour to change out your press at home, these large professional machines can take up to an entire day to change over. Considering one of these machines can makes tens of thousands of rounds an hour, you can see how just being down for one day can have a significant impact on output.
Costs. Hornaday addresses the cost of ammunition and states if prices are being raised it’s on the retail side, not the manufactures side.
The one thing all of you can do to help ease the ammo crunch is to not buy wildly over priced ammunition. Simply don’t do it. Capitalism is a beautiful thing and consumers on the free market can get prices back in line… if they want to.
Below you’ll find the text of Steve Hornady’s statement:
It’s important for everyone to know that our order demand is extremely high. And, even though we have temporarily suspended the production of some items, what we have left on order will take us almost two years to produce.
There is no conspiracy by the government to shut us down. This is not an effort on our part to raise prices. We haven’t raised prices. If they are higher. that’s at the store level not at the manufacturer.
We’re going to do everything we can by adding people, by adding machinery, and by adding square footage in order to try and make more of what you want to buy.
On the list of items that we’ve kept we have over 270 of our projectiles and over 140 different rounds of ammunition.
There is something in there for everyone, but there may not be some of the less popular items. By cutting down on that list – temporarily suspending them – we’re able to get more up time on our machinery and get more bullets out the door for you.
We want to thank you for your support.
We appreciate your patience and we hope that you understand this is a temporary situation only and we’re being honest with you and telling you what’s happening.
Drop by our Facebook Page and tell us about you latest score or disappointment on the ammo crunch front.
It was to be Maria Arcos first day on a new job but it ended in tragedy instead. Maria was heading to a bus stop near her home when she was attacked by as many as 15 wild dogs ranging in age from about 6 months old to full grown adults. Apparently this pack of dogs had taken up residence under a nearby and seemingly abandoned building.
Ms. Arcos looks like she’s going to pull through and is in the ICU. The dogs have been trapped under their building and are being captured and tested for diseases.
Often times we hear those who would like to see us completely disarmed try and bargain with us over their eventual plans to leave us helpless. They say things like “Who needs high capacity magazines?”
Maria Arcos certainly needed one last Monday morning as those wild dogs were dragging her down the street attempting to eat her while she was still alive.
Occasionally someone will try and rebut my assertion that unless you are absolutely unable to carry a fullsize handgun, pocketguns and mouse guns need to be relegated strictly to backup use only.
By “absolutely unable to carry a full sized handgun” I mean your work situation would preclude it from being possible, I don’t mean because you are too lazy to put on a belt that morning. To me “full size” means something like a G19 or XD9 4″ service model. Something with a standard capacity of 15+ rounds.
Next time you go to drop that P32 in your pocket on the way out the door, consider 6+1 rounds may not carry the day if you run in to multiple adversaries… or in Ms. Arcos case, 15 of them.
13C takes you to a Close Range Gunfighting class hosted by Michael Swisher of Suarez Intl.
This is an intensive 2 days class with one main theme. Movement. Get off the X and keep fighting. I’ll have a full written article up in a few days until then, enjoy some of the footage from the class-
When Colorado approved draconian new gun laws earlier in the year, there was an initial level of blow back that was somewhat expected by lawmakers in the State Capitol. What has followed is probably something they didn’t anticipate.
Now, 10 counties are in the process of attempting to secede and form their own state. North Colorado.
The first step is a ballot initiative but it will be a long road and many hurdles will have to be overcome at both the state and federal level.
The revenue generated from some of these counties is substantial and it’s unlikely ‘old’ Colorado will want to see those resources and tax dollars leave. Several of the counties looking to leave account for upwards of 80% of all the revenue generated from oil and gas in the state.
There will be other issues as well, including those relating to water rights.
If nothing else, hopefully some better representation in the State Senate can occur, where residents are hoping to change from 35 Senators to 64. One for each of Colorado’s counties.
Something has to change in Colorado and it should be a move towards liberty and freedom. I hope the good people of Colorado can mobilize and get their state back. Several other neighboring counties are also considering joining.
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