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Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership = CARGO




Hello Fellow CARGO Members,


The next meeting will be held at Napoli’s on Thursday, April 16th


We will meet at Napoli's in Wylie for dinner.  We may or may not be in the meeting room due to a conflicting reservation with another organization.  If the meeting room is occupied by the other group we may be seated in the bar area.



701 N Highway 78 # A

Wylie, TX 75098


For the dinner portion of the meeting, we will be in the meeting room between 5:45 and 7:00 for food and fellowship. 

Member Don Bridges has volunteered his shop for the meeting.  There are a very limited number of chairs at the shop, so please bring a camp chair for the meeting.  We will meet there from 7:00 (ish) until 9:00 (ish) 

We have an issue again this month:  The ground at the Shop may be saturated and will not stand up to vehicles driving or parking on it.  We will

discuss carpooling to the shop.  If it rains too much this week we will hold the meeting at the restaurant. 

If this occurs, we will not be able to bring our show and tell guns into the restaurant.


The address is


2274 EAST Brown Street in Wylie


While heading east on Brown Street, it is 1/2 mile past stop sign that's at the intersection of Brown Street and Kreymer Lane on the right hand side. 


The shop is behind a small white house with a picket fence around the front yard.





Meeting topics:

·         Home defense ?  - What do you use for home defense?  Do you have a baseball bat, pistol, shotgun, rifle handy in case something goes bump in the night?  Do you have a flashlight or laser on the home defense tool?  Bring them Thursday night to share.

·         Single action pistols.  I have had several requests for a single action pistol night so now is the time.  Please bring to share any single action revolvers that you have in your collection to share with the club. 


Additional discussion topics / guests:

·         Candy Arrington is a candidate for the Wylie City Council (Place 4).  Candy contacted the club and asked if she could speak at the meeting.

·          The May election cycle is in full swing.  Here are some critical dates for Wylie:

o   04-27-2015  Early voting begins 

o   05-05-2015  Early voting ends 

o   05-09-2015  Election Day

·         For those CARGO members not in Wylie, please pay special attention to local elections.  This is where a group like CARGO can make the most impact.  With a very small percentage of voters participating in local elections, our consolidated voting block can make a huge difference.


If you have any suggestions for future speakers or topics please send your feedback to CARGO@att.net.


When was the last time you visited our web site?  Please take some time to go to the CARGO website at www.cargogunclub.org 




Brownback: Guns Permit-Free, Concealed-Carry OK in Kansas

Friday, 03 Apr 2015 06:58 AM


By Clyde Hughes


Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill on Thursday to allow permit-free, concealed-carry guns, eliminating a weapons training mandate and rebuffing a lobbying group's efforts to defeat the measure.


Kansas becomes the sixth state that will allow residents at least 21 years of age who can legally possess a firearm without a permit to carry the firearms concealed, following in the footsteps of Wyoming, Arkansas, Vermont, Arizona and Alaska, according to the Capital-Journal. The newspapers reported that nine other states have similar bills in the pipeline.


“Responsible gun ownership, for protection and sport, is a right inherent in our Constitution," Brownback said of the legislation, which had the so-called "constitutional carry" language. "It is a right that Kansans hold dear and have repeatedly and overwhelmingly reaffirmed a commitment to protecting."


Kansas State Rep. Travis Couture called the state gun permit a "government permission slip" and said the new law simply got rid of something that was already a constitutional right, noted the Capital-Journal.


"It's time for the government to trust Kansans," said Couture. "We haven't had any of the wild west shootouts. We haven't had any of the blood running in the streets."


While the legislation took away the requirement for Kansans to take gun training, Brownback said he still believed it was important for citizens to take training, reported the the Kansas City Star. He said he and his son took the training themselves.


"It was an excellent course," said Brownback. "He got a lot out of it. I got a lot out of it. And I want to urge people to take advantage of that."


State Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau said law enforcement officials have warned that not having the training mandate will lead to accidents and possibly worse in the future.


"That's a major responsibility to carry a gun, whether it's concealed or not. And it's scary," Faust-Goudeau told the Star. "I predict from the legislation that — and it's going to go quick, it's going to be July 1 — we're going to see some accidents, possibly deaths."


Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, told the Capital-Journal that Michael Bloomberg's gun-control organization lobbied to defeat the bill but failed.




Why this Wal-Mart gun lawsuit could change everything for the company


by  Ben Geier@ben_geier  March 23, 2015, 11:40 AM EDT



An upcoming court case could have big implications for corporate governance


An upcoming lawsuit over firearms filed against Wal-Mart could have big implications on the future of corporate governance.


New York City’s Trinity Church is suing Wal-Mart over not allowing shareholders to vote on a resolution related to gun sales, the Wall Street Journal reports.


The resolution also included other items Trinity deemed “offensive to family and community values.”


Trinity, a relatively small Wal-Mart shareholder, submitted a resolution in 2013 for shareholders to vote on whether or not the company should stop selling certain firearms, according to the Christian Post. Wal-Mart requested the Securities and Exchange Commission allow them to exclude the measure, and the SEC allowed it, leading Trinity to sue. The issue is expected to be heard in appeals court next month.


How that court decides, however, could have a major impact on the balance of power between corporations and their shareholders. From the Journal:


“A district court sided with Trinity in November and said that Wal-Mart has to include the proposal on the corporate ballots it will send out this spring. Wal-Mart appealed, arguing that the shareholder resolution meddles in regular business decisions and is at odds with decades of guidance from the Securities and Exchange Commission that such affairs are off limits.


The gun issue is controversial. But it is the corporate-governance question that has elevated the case from a politicized dispute between the company and a tiny shareholder into one that has drawn widespread attention from prominent law professors and big-business groups. They hope the proposal will answer a question that rarely reaches the federal court system’s upper levels: How much influence should investors have over a company’s day-to-day operations?”


Wal-Mart sells firearms at less than half of its stores in the U.S. In its most recent earnings report, Wal-Mart posted earnings-per-share of $5.07 and $485.7 billion in revenue for 2014.





Senate Approves NRA Foe Murthy as Surgeon General


Monday, 15 Dec 2014 04:29 PM


The Senate has approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general. The 51-43 vote late Monday came despite opposition from some lawmakers over Murthy's support for gun control and past statements calling gun violence a public health concern. 


Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he does not believe America's top doctor should participate in political activism. Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said most of Murthy's career has been spent as an activist focused on gun control and other political issues, rather than on treating patients.


Supporters said Murthy is well-qualified and has promised not to use the position as a bully pulpit for gun control.


Murthy is a 37-year-old physician and instructor at Harvard Medical School.





Report: DEA Secretly Tracked Americans' Phone Calls for Years




Tuesday, 07 Apr 2015 09:07 PM


By Jason Devaney


The Department of Justice and the DEA started a secret program in 1992 that collected phone records of Americans' calls made to more than 100 foreign countries, according to a new report.


An in-depth USA Today story pulls the lid off the program, which was run by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The covert program's goal was to track drug cartels and help fight the war on drugs. It eventually created a database of billions of records of phone calls made between the United States and as many as 116 countries.


The phone records were also used, according to USA Today, during the investigation into the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and other investigations.


The list of countries included Canada, Mexico, the majority of Central and South America, and nations in western Africa, Europe, and Asia.


The program started in 1992 and was actually revealed in January, but USA Today dug deeper and discovered more details.


It was stopped in 2013 by Attorney General Eric Holder after other secret spying programs were revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of pages of classified documents related to government surveillance programs. Snowden is currently living in Russia, on the run from U.S. authorities.


The roots of the DEA's phone spying program began in the 1980s, when the agency was looking for another method of taking on the Columbian drug cartels that were flooding America with illegal drugs.


The DEA eventually reached out to the Pentagon, which installed two supercomputers in the DEA's Arlington, Virginia, headquarters to house and process the phone data, along with intelligence analysts.


"The system they built ultimately allowed the drug agency to stitch together huge collections of data to map trafficking and money laundering networks both overseas and within the USA," the USA Today report reads.


"It allowed agents to link the call records its agents gathered domestically with calling data the DEA and intelligence agencies had acquired outside the USA. (In some cases, officials said the DEA paid employees of foreign telecom firms for copies of call logs and subscriber lists.) And it eventually allowed agents to cross-reference all of that against investigative reports from the DEA, FBI, and Customs Service."


Former DEA administrator Thomas Constantine told USA Today the program "produced major international investigations that allowed us to take some big people."


The data was collected not in real-time but via bulk deliveries from phone companies, reports USA Today. All that was included in the data were phone numbers, which agents were able to match up with known individuals.


The USA Today report draws parallels between the DEA program and the NSA's bulk surveillance practices, which started in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


"The foundation of the NSA program was a mirror image of what we were doing," a former Justice Department official told USA Today.


Several programs that spied on Americans have been outed in recent months. One DEA program, for example, is stockpiling Americans' license plate numbers and driving habits.


The DEA also received a proposal from a federal agent to collect license plate numbers near gun shows in 2009.




Court Finds Federal Law Unconstitutional



Just two days ago, in a paramount victory for the U.S. Constitution, the great men who created it, and those since who have fought so hard to uphold and defend it, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor “ruled that the federal law prohibiting handgun sales to out of state residents...is in violation of both the Second and Fifth amendments.” [Guns.com]


The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, with financial support from the Second Amendment Foundation, won this major ruling in the Mance vs. Holder case, first introduced in July of 2014 when Texas FFL Frederic Mance, Jr. was prohibited by federal law from selling a handgun to Andrew and Tracey Hanson of Washington, D.C.—despite the fact that Texas state law does not prohibit the interstate transaction.


According to Guns.com, Judge O’Connor concluded that “the federal interstate handgun transfer ban targets the entire national market of handgun sales and directly burdens law-abiding, responsible citizens who seek to complete otherwise lawful transactions for handguns.”


Noted gun-rights attorney Alan Gura—who represented the plaintiffs in this case—gave a straightforward statement that helps to break down the absurdity of the ban in the first place. As reported by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, he suggested:


“It is bizarre and irrational to destroy the national market for an item that Americans have a fundamental right to purchase. Americans would never tolerate a ban on the interstate sale of books or contraceptives. And Americans are free to buy rifles and shotguns outside their state of residence, so long as the dealers respect the laws of the buyer’s home state. We’re gratified that the Court agreed that handguns should be treated no differently.”


Of course, on the other end of O'Connor's decision is Attorney General Eric Holder, whose office fought the lawsuit—and lost. According to BearingArms.com, “the defeat of the ban was another slap in the face” to Holder, “who wholeheartedly supported the ban (and every other gun restriction).”


To really give you an idea of the importance—the gravity—of this decision, it’s interesting to note that this ruling affects regulations originally set forth by the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968. That’s 1968...as in 47 years ago.


Score another one for the good guys!


The bottom line is that The Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 is no match for the 227-year-old U.S. Constitution—a document that defines the supreme law of the land and which continues to inspire freedom-loving Americans to fight back against unwarranted restrictions and tyranny even today.


So I’ll say it again:


Score another one for the good guys—who continue to prove that what is right will always prevail in the end. (Sorry, Eric Holder...but not really.)


Take Care and Stay Safe,


Tim Schmidt

Publisher - Concealed Carry Report

USCCA Founder




Women & Guns by the Numbers

by G&A Staff   |  February 10th, 2015

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) recently released a comprehensive report on women and firearms. The report, “Women Gun Owners: Purchasing, Perceptions and Participation,” represents a survey of more than 1,000 women, which explores nearly every aspect of gun ownership.

G&A Staff will analyze the report, which was released on January 21, 2015, in a forthcoming series to examine several topics surrounding women and gun ownership.

Fifty percent of the respondents, some 500 women gun owners, reside in the southern part of the United States. The swath of big cities, sprawling suburbs, and small towns from Texas and Oklahoma, east across Kentucky and Virginia, and all points south are home to as many gun owning women as the rest of the nation combined. Nationwide, 42.8 percent of women gun owners live in rural areas, while suburban women comprise 39.1 percent. Women in urban areas comprise only 18 percent of the gun owning population, which may be related to the strict gun laws and overall cultural forces of this country’s urban centers. Adult women of all age groups own firearms, but over half of the women gun owners surveyed were between the ages of 25 and 44 years old.

NSSF Report: Geographic distribution of participants.

Though we hear a great deal about the number of women who have recently acquired their first firearm, the bulk of those surveyed, 42.1 percent, have owned a gun for at least 10 years. Nearly a third of the women surveyed, though, are part of the female gun surge of the past few years, that’s over 32 percent of respondents who bought their first gun since 2010.

NSSF Report: When women purchased their last gun.

Of those new gun owners, the majorities are between the ages of 18 and 34 so there is evidence of an emergent female gun culture among young women in the U.S. Though 65 percent of women gun owners reported a spouse or significant other as a fellow gun owner, nearly 30 percent were the only gun owners in their households.

Though stereotypes suggest that women gun owners are likely to own but a single firearm, the data suggests otherwise. In fact, 42 percent of the women surveyed own three or more guns with 6.5 percent reportedly owning 10 or more firearms. Just over 30 percent of the respondents did report ownership of a single firearm, but 55 percent of the overall group surveyed plan to purchase another firearm during the next year so that single gun may very well become part of a small collection.

NSSF Report: Women’s intention to purchase a gun.

So are all of these guns going into the sock drawer until a bad guy breaks down the door?

Apparently not. More than 800 of the women surveyed used their guns in the previous year and nearly 60 percent intend to maintain that level of shooting activity in the next 12 months. Interestingly, 38 percent of the women intend to shoot even more next year, compared to only 3.5 percent who plan to shoot less.

Based on the data, it appears that many long-held stereotypes regarding women and gun ownership are wrong. More women are buying guns, many are buying more than one, and it appears as if they are shooting them with some regularity.




A Word About Warning Shots


Kevin Michalowski


Firing a warning shot is one of the worst ideas ever put forth in the area of self-defense training. You are personally responsible for every projectile that leaves your firearm. If you fire a warning shot blindly into the air, you have no idea where that round is going to impact. What if it hits an innocent person? How will you explain to a prosecutor that you were in imminent danger if you didn’t feel the need to fire at your attacker?


Don’t fire warning shots. If you feel like you should give a verbal warning, fine, do that. But do not be firing shots unless they are well aimed at someone you have clearly identified as an immediate threat.


Don’t. As in don’t fire warning shots. Ever. Shoot at your attacker and keep shooting until the threat stops.




12 Steps to Long-Range Accuracy


By: Doug Howlett | February 17, 2015


Hit targets at 500, 800 and 1,000-plus yards like they’re a chip shot with these must-know long-range accuracy tips.


Perhaps no feat better epitomizes the marriage of precision firearms technology and marksmanship ability than long-range shooting. But it takes more than just a suitable caliber, a quality rifle, a top-shelf optic and a steady trigger finger. Every one of those components must work together like a finely tuned instrument in the hands of a skilled musician. Most importantly, for the long-distance shooter, consistently successful shots out to 500-plus yards can only be achieved through extensive practice in a variety of conditions and lots of homework.


“Long-range shooting is not just pulling the trigger, long-range shooting is about thinking,” says Tom Maciak, technology development engineering supervisor for Trijicon. Maciak recently showcased some of his company’s marquis products with dedicated long-range capability including the sniper-friendly 3-15×50 TARS (Tactical Advanced Riflescope) and the brand new 1-6×24 VCOG (Variable Combat Optical Gunsight). Before guiding our group in their practical application among the steep hillsides and open range of the Castle Valley Outdoors shooting and hunting resort in Emery, Utah, the longtime shooter and engineer summed up the 12 keys to successful long-range shooting.


1. Fit the Rifle to You


Ensuring the proper fit of a firearm to the shooter is more than just properly placing your head and eye behind the optic. More importantly, it’s about being able to control the rifle and establishing consistent attachment to the rifle every time the shooter brings it to his shoulder.


“The same thing has got to happen the same way every time you shoot the rifle,” says Maciak. For serious long-range shooting, you’ll want a rifle with a tactical stock that permits simple—and instant—adjustment to the length of pull and the cheek rest so the shooter can be completely comfortable. Take time to adjust the bipod or rest and any rear support of the buttstock before getting in position to shoot. Failing to do so will make it impossible to achieve a consistent weld to the gun and will increase the likelihood of scope shadowing, where the full visual diameter of the scope cannot be seen.


2. Adjust the Eyepiece/Ocular Diopter


A clear, focused reticle is critical for precise shot placement and is a very individual setting when viewed through different eyes. A good long distance scope will allow for this adjustment. Focus the reticle using the ocular adjustment while viewing it against a plain background such as a wall or the sky. Because the human eye will make adjustments to what it is focusing on itself, don’t look at the reticle while adjusting. Dial a quarter of a turn and look at and repeat the process until the reticle is clear and crisp.


3. Parallax


Parallax is the apparent movement of the reticle when viewing it at different, distance magnifications. At 9x and below, it’s not an issue. But for anything at 10x and above, if the reticle appears to wave inside the scope when viewed, parallax will need to be adjusted or it will affect your point of impact. To adjust, turn the parallax adjustment all the way out to infinity and bring it back in focus. The reticle should stop moving. Like focus, parallax may have to be adjusted at every distance.


4. Reticle Illumination


If your scope has an illuminated reticle, a popular option in many high-end scopes these days, you do not want it on when using a reticle for ranging. Blooming, the affect created when viewing a lit object with the human eye, will thicken the size of the reticle and disrupt focus for proper ranging.


5. First or Second Focal Plane


When ranging a target using a ranging reticle, understand that first focal plane ranging will work at all magnifications. Second focal plane ranging only works at the highest magnification. How do you know which one you have? When adjusting magnification, if the reticle size adjusts with it, yours is in the first focal plane. If it doesn’t change size, it’s a second focal plane reticle. The first focal plane offers more flexibility, though you might have to dial down the magnification to find the target because full magnification creates a narrow field of view; it’s ultimately a personal preference. Between 2.5x to 10x, it probably isn’t a big deal which one your scope is.


6. Place Your Body Behind the Scope


Watch most shooters and they will stand or position themselves behind the rifle at an angle. But all that recoil is transferred to your body, and if the mass of your body is largely to the side of that energy, it will jerk the body more. For long-range accuracy, square the body off behind the target to provide a more reliable base better able to accommodate recoil. It will help you stay on target throughout recoil for follow-up shots or to simply observe where your bullet strikes.


7. Ensure Reticle is Horizontal


Ballistics are made to operate with relation to a horizontal reticle, so if the scope is mounted improperly or not sitting on its rest so that the reticle is perfectly horizontal, make the necessary adjustments. An angled reticle can alter the relationship of your aim to the actual trajectory of the bullet and lead to missed shots at long distances.


8. Adjustment Dials and Come-Ups


This is where a shooter’s homework and knowledge of long-range ballistic performance is critical. First, you need to determine what increments or how much each click of adjustment of the scope will move your point of impact and whether that measurement is in MOA or mils. The farther you plan to shoot, the more adjustment will be needed in the elevation department so you need to ensure the scope has enough adjustment. (For a rough example, when shooting a .308 at a target 2,000 yards away, the bullet would have to be launched at an angle equivalent to a five-story building so that it would drop in and strike the target. That’s a lot of adjustment and for such shots, an angled base may be needed.)


You also need to understand dope sheets and come-ups or doping elevation, meaning you have to know how much your bullet will drop at the distances you will be shooting. Other aspects that must be factored in include the velocity of the load at various ranges, elevation where the shot will take place, the temperature, relative humidity, the difference between plain of the bore and the optic and then you need to be able to make accurate calculations for the particular bullet to be shot. “When you do your homework, it works well,” says Maciak. “Do your homework beforehand, and you don’t have to worry about that when it is time to make the shot.” He likes JBM Ballistics’ website at jbmballistics.com as a good resource for developing his data.


9. BDC Reticle


If the scope you are shooting has a BDC (Bullet Drop Compensating) reticle, the calculations are somewhat already done for you, but remember those reticles are made for a particular caliber or bullet at a specific elevation. They also tend to work on average loads rather than specific loads, so you will still need to shoot your specific load and determine the actual drop with relation to the reticle’s hash marks.


10. Wind


Entire books could be written on how to negotiate wind when shooting at distance so we’re not likely to nail it down in a paragraph or two. Suffice it to say, understanding a bullet’s performance in the wind is a true art form, and the only way to begin mastering it is to spend a lot of time shooting in the wind. Remember, wind where you are may be different than where the target is and can be influenced by the terrain the bullet must travel over. One trick is to use mirage, visible through a high-power optic to read the wind near the target and determine how far off to the side you must aim.


11. Shoot On the Bottom of Your Exhale


When you’re locked on a target and all dialed in, there is a rise and fall of your reticle from breathing and heartbeat. Remembering consistency is critical to shooting, if we shoot on the exhale, it gives us a consistent trigger time at a moment when the body is most relaxed. Hold that breath at the exhale for no more than three or four seconds and no longer. If you do, the body will start shaking because it’s technically becoming oxygen deprived. If you don’t make the shot, take another breath, and settle back in.


12. Trigger Follow-Through


Pull the trigger back and hold it. Don’t slap it; don’t lift your head off the stock. Keep it there long after the shot. You want to see the bullet impact the target through the scope, and holding the trigger prior to resetting it will help you retain sight of the target when you cycle the bolt for a second shot, which should be an automatic reflex when shooting a bolt-action rifle. You won’t have to reposition the scope and your body because they are pretty much the same. Keep in position until the shot strikes the target. “Remember, you’re not done shooting until the bullet hits target, which might be several seconds in long-range situations,” says Maciak.





The Best Revolver Ever Made? Colt’s Python–Review


by Dave Higginbotham   on February 20, 2015


The Colt Python


Hello. My name is David, and I’m in love with a snake. I used to be ophidiophobic, but I’ve begun a steady program of exposure therapy. I now spend a lot of time with a Python, and it has opened my eyes. I guess it should come as no surprise, as Most of the gun-loving-free-world has a soft spot for Colt’s snakes. These badass guns were built in staggering numbers from 1955 until 2005. There are many who believe that the Colt Python is the single best revolver ever to be produced. In a world with a lot of revolvers, many of which are exceptionally well made guns, that is a bold claim. But it hardly stops there. As some of those Python backers also believe that revolvers are vastly superior to automatics, the Python begins to look like to pinnacle of immense handgun pyramid.




This Python, which was made in 1968, has a 6″ barrel. They were made with short barrels (as short as 2.5″) and with longer 8″ barrels, and several in between. The 6″ gun is substantial. The full length barrel lug adds weight to an already heavy design. I’d have to break out a scale to weigh this thing, but to hell with that. It is 3 pounds, easy. This gun was made in the era that appreciated big-block engines and curves on women. There were none of these models that look like tall boys, or hybrid cars. And they weren’t shy about using American steel in guns–there’s more steel in a Python than there is in a 2015 Ford F-150.  The grip (this one is not original to the gun) is huge. The fat flair at the end of the one-piece design forces your hand up on the grip.


The trigger on this one breaks like some of those anemic fashion models, right at 8 pounds in double action mode, and just north of 3 pounds in single action. If poets still wrote romantic ballads, we’d be awash in odes to the Python’s trigger. It is that good. In single action, there is no creep. No take up. No over travel.


The Pythons were originally made in Royal Blue, like this one, and in nickel plated versions. The nickel version was later replaced by stainless steel. The longer barreled guns had full length vent ribs on top, and the sights (both front and rear) are adjustable.


Make no mistake–the Python is a beast. With six rounds of .357, the capacity is on par with most of the competition. The 6″ barrel produces muzzle velocities in the 1,150 FPS range with 158 grain Federal Hydra-Shok JHPs. That’s on the slow end of the .357s, as the bullet weighs more. Basic .38s will leave the barrel anywhere from the high 800s to the low 1000s. That’s not bad, but I’d never carry anything in the Python that wasn’t capable of taking down a moose, so I’m sticking with the .357s.


With the stunning effectiveness of the Python, and the exquisite aesthetics, why can’t you pop into your local FFL and buy a Python?



No longer in production


This section is going to be filled with some conjecture. I’d be willing to bet that most of it is 100% accurate. But Colt won’t comment, and I think there’s a good reason for that, too. So I’ll stop being vague and get to it.


1. Revolvers used to be popular. The Python, in fact, was carried by a lot of law enforcement agencies. These were standard issue firearms up into the 1990’s. And they were incredibly reliable, accurate, and iconic–everything you’d want from a sidearm except the capacity. So out they went. And as the public’s preference for pistols grew, sales slumped. Bye-bye snakes.


2. These aren’t inexpensive guns. When a lot of other guns are being made of plastic, the snakes start to look like resource hogs. The tooling was antiquated and old fashioned, the materials were pricy, and the market for the guns was not-so-slowly drying up.


So the expensive guns for which there was a shrinking market started were pulled from production. Clearly, we see now, the market hadn’t dried up. Not completely. And the guns are selling for insane prices. I’m going to jump in here with my consumer bias and say that the prices for used Pythons are insane. $3,000? And that’s for a shooter in good condition. You can find a better price, occasionally, and you can take out a second mortgage for one that’s new-in-box, and unturned.


Side note: I got schooled in revolver valuation recently, and I’d like to pass on this nugget. “Unfired” is easy enough to fake. I can take a gun in reasonably good condition and spruce it up so it looks new. “Unturned” means that the cylinder shows no marks from rotation. This is a better way to evaluate the wear on a revolver. A truly pristine, unturned, unfired Python will fetch a very high price–so high that it is worth the risk for some to attempt to pass off fakes. Caveat emptor.


3. New Snakes? So let’s entertain a third option for Colt’s decision to pull the Python. They may have seen the downward slope of the supply/demand curve. What to do? Continue to flood the market with expensive pistols? Hell no. Cut supply. Immediately. Let the demand build. Watch what happens on the secondary market and figure out where your price-point should be. Judge that delicate balancing point between supply and demand that will allow you to charge a premium for a product produced in limited numbers. Colt may be sitting on the snakes, biding their time, waiting–somewhat snakelike–for the right time to strike.


As guns are a popular topic of conversation here at GunsAmerica, we’ve had numerous conversations around the virtual water-cooler about Colt. More than Colt would like, I think. But we all love the snakes, and can’t see why Colt doesn’t jump on the new-found popularity of the revolver. Retro revolvers.


Shooting Snakes


You should take what I say about economics with a grain of salt. I’ve got a Ph.D., but it isn’t in economics. And this is a review, so I’m much more interested in how this thing shoots. I’m not one to put away shiny collectables. I’ve got a seven year old boy, so I can’t use a python as a coffee table set-about. If I can’t shoot it, it doesn’t stick around long.


This one, though, shoots straight. It shoots better than any revolver I’ve ever owned or shot. You’ll see what I mean when you look at the target pics. I’m not that good with a revolver, but this one made me feel like I could be a rockstar. And I did better with it in double action than I did in single action, defeating my own long-held belief that single action is superior. I used to take a constant ribbing from Bob Lawman, a revolver expert, about my half-assed revolver technique. He swore I would shoot better if I just learned how to shoot a double action. Well Bob, I get it. The trigger on this Python is smooth, light, and easy to stage. I can rock the hammer back with the trigger and hold it all day long.


In single action, I kept dropping the trigger a bit unexpectedly. The pull is light enough that I’d drop at least one round early. But the double action pull was gratifying and has inflated my ego.




It is a revolver. What could possibly go wrong? According to the wisdom of the internet, the Pythons are prone to timing issues as their round counts escalate. Maybe so. The cylinder locks up tight to the forcing cone on this one, and I had no issues with the timing. That said, I would estimate the round count on this one to be very low. The timing works fine.


If a Python were to get out-of-time, the cylinder would lock up with the forcing cone–but not perfectly. This allows gas to escape. It can even shave off bits of lead. I’ve fired revolvers and had to perform basic first aid after. But that’s tremendously unlikely on a gun as well built as this. A more likely scenario is that you’d sacrifice a bit of accuracy and see more soot on the cylinder.


Final thoughts?


This is my first Python. And I love it. Every time I look at it, I see the 1970s. I’ve seen a few episodes of The Walking Dead, but I’m not a zombie obsessed. I have a hard time suspending my disbelief long enough to believe anyone (let alone roaming the countryside in world where ammo is no longer being manufactured) would carry anything other than a 9mm. But if I had Hollywood’s unending supply lines and an steady stream of slightly lethargic targets that wouldn’t shoot back, I’d carry a Python, too. Hell, I’d carry two. With a double action trigger like this, I’d be dual-wielding like a maniac.


In the real world, though, I’m faced with a dilemma. While there is a limited supply of Pythons, Colt’s competitors continue to push their own, completely capable .357 revolvers. I have a hard time carrying a gun this precious when there are less expensive guns that work (I almost said just-as-well). If I were ever to use this in a defensive situation (where it would no-doubt be confiscated), or if it were stolen, I’d feel the loss. I’d have a huge Python shaped hole in my revolver-loving-soul. Would it not be better to carry a Smith 686, or a Ruger? Not that I wouldn’t pine at their loss, but I might not pine as much.


I think the only thing to do is put it to the test. Head to head. Gun vs. Gun. The Python vs. The Smith & Wesson 686. How will the the snake stand up to the Smith? Stay tuned.




Kel-Tec SU16CA–The Ideal Compliant Pack Gun


by Jacob Epstein   on February 19, 2015


Those of you who haven’t had the chance to put some rounds through a Kel-Tec SU16 are in for an experience. This lightweight polymer based rifle is one in a growing new class of .223s. Make no mistake about it–the SU16 isn’t Kel-Tec’s take on the venerable AR-15 design, as I’ve heard some suggest. Despite a passing resemblance, and a common chambering, the SU16 is intended for an entirely different purpose.


Specs on the SU16CA



Calibers: .223 Rem 5.56mm

Weight unloaded: 4.7lbs. 2.1kg

Length: 35.9″ 912.0mm

Length Folded: 24.9″ 632.7mm

Barrel length: 16.0″ 406.4mm

Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds, or M-16 compatible

Twist: 1:9″ 1:228.6mm

Trigger Pull: 5lbs to 7lbs 22.2N to 31.1N

Sight Radius: 15.5″ 393.7mm


What makes it a SU16CA? Kel-Tec makes several versions of the SU16. The CA has Parkerized steel parts. The front sight is moved back to the gas block, and the barrel is threaded. It won’t fire when the stock is folded, which makes the gun more likely to pass muster in states with serious restrictions on liberty. More on that later. It is essentially an SU16C with storage in a stock that won’t scare California Democratic lawmakers quite so badly.


This isn’t a gun for those of you with polymer prejudices. I originally had a hard time deciding if the Kel-Tec Su16CA was a tool, or a range-time treat for the guy who has everything else. The gun just didn’t look rugged enough. The amount of polymer left me questioning if this gun would function at all. Even now, after I’ve put 1,000 rounds through this one, I’m left scratching my head. It works, and works exceptionally well.


Let’s start with the obvious highlights. One of the first things that makes the gun attractive is its 4.7 pound weight. The SU16 achieves this by limiting the amount of steel in the build. The barrel and action are steel. Most everything else is polymer, and it can be unnerving. When you first pick up the SU16, you will feel what I mean. It is designed to be easy to carry in a pack. It is a survival rifle. And it is certainly does that job well.


But the SU16 does more than your typical survival rifle. Most survival guns sacrifice features and performance for a reduction in weight. The SU16 has some nice attributes that set it apart. The forend splits open into a bipod. And the long-stroke gas-piston makes the rifle reliable and very easy to maintain. When you add in the folding stock and threaded barrel, the SU16CA begins to look much more versatile than the typical pack gun.


The gun is designed to work with all AR-15 compatible magazines, and ships with two 10 round polymer magazines. The magazine is released with an ar15 style button. Sadly the magazines I had during the testing of the rifle did not drop free, however I’m sure some out there do.While I’m not one to use 10 round mags, I appreciate the way they fit into the stock. It is useful for organizing ammo selection for specific purposes. And if you keep them loaded, the mags make this a grab-and-go type of gun.


The rifle features a removable (and adjustable) rear sight that mounts directly onto a polymer 1913 rail (which can also be used for the mounting of optics). The charging handle reciprocates, and the safety operates on a cross bolt design. The trigger breaks at a clean 6 pounds. The gun also folds at the grip, but this does render the rifle unusable. Lastly the chrome lined barrel is threaded to 1/2×28. So if you wanted to add something to the end of the barrel, you could. Just saying.


Shooting the Su16


So how does a gun that’s made with so much polymer shoot? Surprisingly well. Maybe I’m exposing my own polymer prejudice, but I didn’t expect the SU16 to work flawlessly, but it did. I began at 100 yards with the factory presets. Brass and steel cased ammo both worked fine and I put round after round onto a steel silhouette. The SU16 is very easy to shoot form the shoulder as it’s substantially lighter than your typical decked-out AR. The rifle balances well and isn’t fatiguing, at all.


The bipod is easy to use, too. Pull the slider back and the arms pop down. The bipod supplies enough support and steadies the gun well enough that I was able to engage the steel silhouette’s head. While it isn’t an MOA gun, it works well enough that I could consistently flip the center flipper plate on the torso. Groups came in at roughly six inches–nothing to write home about, but perfectly in line with the intended use of the rifle.


I added a 3×9 briefly, but it didn’t feel right on the SU16. I was able to get the group sizes down to 3 inches, but I didn’t get the consistency I’d hoped for. The rail on the top is polymer, and that in itself poses some challenges for securely mounting optics. In the end, I decided I wouldn’t put anything on the rail (apart from the rear sight). The extra weight didn’t seem worth it. This is a featherweight. Leave it alone.


Why isn’t it an MOA rifle? There are a number of factors. The first is the mix of polymer and steel. These materials heat up and respond to heat quite differently. And the barrel isn’t free-floated. The front sight is built onto the gas block, which limits the sight radius. On the back end, the rear sight sits on a polymer rail. The whole system is rigid enough for its intended purposes, and not rigid enough for exceptional repeat accuracy.


And I’m perfectly fine with that. The more I worked with the SU16, the more I thought of this as a survival rifle. And I’d never trust a survival gun that was reliant on a scope or on optic. The SU16 gets a pass as far as I’m concerned.




As far as I’m concerned, the rifle has no limitations. If you insist on comparing it to an AR-15, sure, there are going to be obvious places where the gun comes up short. The SU16 isn’t as customizable as an AR, and it doesn’t offer as much recoil control or ergonomic sophistication. But this isn’t an AR. Even though it shoots the .223, it has to be seen in a different light.


The SU16 is only meant to stand in for an AR in places where the AR-15 is legally challenged. Another big feature of the SU16 is that the gun meets compliance standards in many states. If you had to live in California, for example, an SU16CA would be a decent replacement for the AR-15. And it is also a packable firearm designed for the hiker, the predator hunter, or for the bug out bag. It follows the old world protocol of the pack weapon; light, small, and deadly. As far as compromises go, the SU16CA isn’t bad.


We put the SU16CA through the California criteria and it seems to pass. The forums, though, are full of stories of questionable rifles being confiscated by LEOs. The moral of the story is this. Check. Double check. Print out documentation. Tuck it in the gun case. Cover your ass. Check out the flowchart Calguns has put together. The absurdity will melt your brain.


For the rest of us, the SU16CA, or any of the SU16s, would be a compliment to our other guns. The MSRP on the SU16CA is $770. In this market, where you can buy an AR-15 for less than a night out at the movies, that price may seem steep. But again, I’m comparing it to the AR, which isn’t fair. The market isn’t swimming in SU16s, so you’ll end up paying close to that price.




Beauty isn’t a word I generally use when talking about Tupperware guns, but this gun is a work of art. It is not beautiful in the classical sense, but it is in the world of function. Every part of this gun has a well thought out purpose. The integral handguard/bipod, the gas block front sight, the folding butt stock that holds two ten round magazines–it all fits. And the SU16 has been built into a gun that can take whatever abuse you could possibly throw at it.





Photo Gallery: Introducing the Glock 43 Single-Stack 9mm


By: Elwood Shelton | March 18, 2015


The new G43 has arrived! Glock will be showing off the new 9mm single-stack pistol at the NRA Meetings and Convention in Nashville, April 10-12.


Glock 43 Review — Exclusive


Gun Digest Publisher Jim Schlender was invited March 3 to Glock’s factory in Smyrna, Ga., for what he thought was just going to be a tour of the production floor. But when he was asked to autograph a disclosure statement, he knew this was not going to be an ordinary tramp around Glock’s digs. And it wasn’t.


Turned out Mr. Schlender was part of a very select group of gun scribes that got the first gander at one of the most anticipated pistols in a spell — the Glock 43.


Yes, the mythical single-stack 9mm was finally a reality and our Publisher got to be one of the first ones outside the gun company to pull the trigger on one. His first impressions of the petite polymer striker-fired — slim, trim and manageable to shoot:


Most noticeable when you handle and fire the new pistol is that the grip has shrunk from the G26’s 1.2 inches to an inch at its widest point, with the slide at .87-inch. In the world of compact 9s, those fractions of inches are a very big deal. Just as importantly for those on a quest for a little 9 that’s still large enough to actually shoot well but isn’t cumbersome to carry, the G43 weighs in at only a pound unloaded. Compared to the G26’s nearly 22 ounces unloaded, this is a substantial difference.


On the firing line, I found the G43 had enough weight and bulk to make stout 9mm defense ammo manageable while its trimmed-down profile was slim enough to quiet any objections by those who, for whatever reason, find a double-stack configuration to their dislike.


Glock is set to formally introduce the G43 at the April 10-12 NRA annual meetings and convention, held this year in Nashville, Tenn. Until then, here’s a bunch of photos from the head honcho’s sneak peak at the 9mm. Yeah, we know, it’s not the same as shooting it yourself.



In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.


A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a Dictatorship."


"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the Beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;

From spiritual faith to great courage;

From courage to liberty;

From liberty to abundance;

From abundance to complacency;

From complacency to apathy;

From apathy to dependence;

From dependence back into bondage."


Thomas Jefferson wrote that "A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse." 


Thank you,

Paul Curtis

President - CARGO


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