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Editorial: Class Action Settlement Leaves Gun Maker Taurus Sitting Pretty...Or, So They Think

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Not too long ago, I read an article regarding the gun maker Taurus agreeing to $30 million class action settlement over a trigger defect. In this article by Courtney Coren, two major items stand out to me...

The first major thing that concerns me is the idea that a gun maker allegedly knew they were selling a defective gun since 2007. Eight years ago? Really? It took eight years before they're forced to do anything about it. I wonder how many of these guns were sold in the eight years they knew about the defect? My guess is it's way more than the 200,000 that are allotted for in the settlement. I doubt Taurus is worried about the $30 million settlement, because - if you do the math - the company had a gross revenue of $70 million from those 200,000 pistols (average cost of $350 per pistol).

Now, stop and think for a second... What if they actually sold one million of these nine types of guns involved with the settlement? Then their gross revenue would be more likely $350 million. At that quantity, the settlement is more like a "cost of goods sold" rather than a penalty. They still made $320 million off of selling potentially lethally defective handguns.

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Gun Fit

It was a beautiful Texas winter afternoon. My buddy, his wife and I went out shooting at the range. Again, a beautiful day and great company!! The idea was to have her shoot the new Sig P320, a wedding anniversary gift from my buddy. But that’s another story.

The story is how the different guns we shot fit into her hand. She went out and shot her new Sig. In fact, the anniversary gift was to replace another gun she couldn´t get used to, a GLOCK. But that’s yet another story.

The Sig P320 has a high profile and its grip tends to sit higher in the shooter´s hand. It requires a slight adjustment in the grip so that the curved part of the handgun´s grip fits comfortably in the web of the shooter´s hand. She was used to (without any conscious adjustment on her part) gripping her Springfield 1911 easily, a larger handgun than the Sig. She found the Sig to have a relatively comfortable fit and its trigger to be smooth and easy to squeeze. All in all, the Sig P320 was a good replacement for her GLOCK.

Even though she did pretty well with her new Sig, she kept coming back to her 1911. Noticing she was comfortable with a larger gun, I let her use my XDM. Man, did she like that!! Now my buddy needs to buy two XDM´s. The one for his collection AND her new object of desire!

In conclusion, the fit of any gun will make the shooter not only more comfortable, but also more accurate and more likely to shoot it, which in turn will make him/her even more accurate. Goes to show that smaller guns are not necessarily the best solution for our female shooters. We should carry and shoot the guns that we are most comfortable shooting, because we will shoot better with them.

 

DRT Frangible HP Ammo

First, a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all of our visitors. May the holidays bring you joy, family, and many blessings!

As many of you know, I am fascinated by new and unusual ammunition. It is clear that ammunition has evolved over the past 50 years in many positive ways, although I also recognize that many of these new developments don't turn out to be what we expected. But it is from all of these new developments that we eventually get the kinds of advances that we are looking for and that serve our purposes.

In particular, I always have concerns about over-penetration, due to my personal situation. I live in a neighborhood where my neighbors are ten or so feet away from me on both sides, there are many children in the area, and often they are playing out in the street, so for me, this is something I have to consider when choosing ammunition to defend my home.

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Texas International Firearms Festival!

Our colleagues from SigAddict are at the Texas International Firearms Festival, taking place Nov. 8th and 9th in Austin, Texas. We are sure they are having fun, and we will see some good information, photos, and videos when they return.

If you get a chance, head out there and enjoy this first-time event, which we are sure will become a staple for all Texas shooters!

Winchester Win-1911 Wood Box

As announced by Shooting Times back in September, Winchester's special wooden collector’s box containing 200 rounds of its .45 Auto Win1911 ammunition designed specifically for 1911-style pistols is now available. It contains two 50-round boxes of 230-grain jacketed-hollowpoint (JHP) and two 50-round boxes of 230-grain full metal jacket (FMJ) bullets. It is likely to become a collector's item. Our box just came in from SGAmmo, and we're loving it!

United States to Get Galil ACE Imports in 2015

Anyone who owns a piston-operated rifle has heard of the AK-47 and the IMI Galil. If not, then you should have. Both of these weapons were pioneers in their division, the designs of which have been replicated and tweaked to this day. In 2010, Israel Weapons Industries (IWI) produced updated models of the Galil, known as the IWI Galil ACE lineup

As you saw in the video we shared yesterday, IWI-US will be importing semi-automatic versions of the Galil ACE into the United States next year! In February 2015, the ACE 31 (pistol variant, chambered in 7.62x39mm Russian). In March 2015, the ACE 32 (rifle with 16" barrel, chambered in 7.62x39 Russian) will be available. Presumably, 5.56x45mm NATO and 7.62x51mm NATO versions will follow.
Watching the video, you can see that these models lack the select-fire control that the Israeli and Colombian ACEs have. In addition, they are expected to be priced lower than the IWI Tavor, which is currently retailing for about $1,700 US. The notion of getting our hands on one is enticing - to say the least!

Something interesting to note - especially for a SIG fan like me - is that the Galil ACE pistols will be packaged with a SIGTac SB15 Stabilizer Brace, according to the Military Arms Channel.

NEW Galil Ace Rifle from IWI

The new version of the classic Israeli Galil: the Galil Ace, coming soon to the U.S. market.

Tannerite Car Blast!

I had no idea Tannerite could be this devastating!

GunsAddict is now an NSSF Media Member

We are proud to announce that GunsAddict is now an NSSF Media Member. NSSF (the National Shooting Sports Foundation) is the trade association for America's firearms industry. Its mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. The NSSF is also the organizer of the annual SHOT Show, the premier Firearms Industry trade show in the U.S.

GunsAddict is proud to be a member of this fine organization, and invites you to visit their website for more information on all of their activities, events, and programs.

  

Coming soon...Saiga AK-47 and Tactical Shotgun Reviews

RWC Group LLC, the exclusive importers for Izhmash, one of Russia's largest firearms manufacturers famous for their AK-47s and Saiga shotguns, has been kind enough to provide GunsAddict with two of their newest offerings for review and evaluation. The Saiga IZ132Z tactical AK-47 rifle, and the Saiga IZ109T tactical semi-auto shotgun; so the reviews, photos, and videos will be coming soon to GunsAddict...stay tuned!

In the meantime, enjoy the photos of these firerarms provided by RWC:

 

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