One of the most common Asks I’ve gotten so far is where to turn in the short horror story for the Halloween giveaway.
The Submit tab/option is open on the main page. I do highly suggest doing research into horror; real or fake, to get ideas. As mentioned before, you only have 1 submission as your entry, so I wouldn’t rush it.
If you want to follow up on any updates about the giveaway, it’ll be tagged #GRHorror.
I’ll look forward to the stories you guys send me.
The Russian-owned Rostec handed over majority shares of a small arms factory to a businessman to allegedly skirt sanctions and sell rifles in the U.S. and European countries.
I’d like to see new Saiga’s and Vepr’s come back to the market, but whether this move works or not remains to be seen. Also it’ll get rid of those stupid “Buy now its BANNED FOREVER!” listings on auctions or forum ads for Russian guns…
Normally I cut & paste a comment I see that catches my attention but in this case the person I didn’t think meant any harm with what they said, unlike the usual comments I expose. I do want to discuss something though.
The online gun community on social media is massive; you have Facebook pages, Youtube channels, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr to name the major sources. Safety is often the most agreed upon subject matter. This is readily seen on Tumblr, but if someone has poor trigger discipline (TD), they will get called out.
I’m not against safety at all; proper firearm handling is a must anytime you’re holding one, loaded or not. However, the comment pointed out something I thought went a bit over into the obsessive side.
You’re looking at two rifles; an AR and AK platform, both with their safety selector/levers on the “Fire” or ready position.
The person pointed out and asked on a different photo why the rifle was set on “semi” and not safe. This is the first time I’ve seen a comment addressing that issue the same way trigger discipline is viewed but I can’t help but feel that its just nit-picking.
Obviously if the firearm was being handled by someone and it was set on semi/fire, and the person was not practicing safe handling procedures, then that is an issue.
However the photo in question had the rifle on the ground for photos that were used to post it online for sale at an auction site.
In the same breath, if you were to complain about a semi-auto rifle like an AK or AR with its safety disengaged, you have to complain about bolt-action rifles too.
None of these Mosins have their safety’s engaged but are in the same scenario as the other rifle that was being complained about; they’re being photographed to be sold.
To end this little rant/discussion, I support proper firearm handling and safety procedures, which does include knowledge of safety mechanism operations. Call people out on poor trigger discipline or illegal modifications, but will it get to the point where every gun photo someone is going to play “online range officer” and say "Why is there a magazine loaded in that gun?" "Why is the bolt not locked back?" "Why is there ammunition so close to that firearm?" "Why is that gun on the carpet and not pointing in a safe direction?" "Why are those guns not in a safe?"
It’s harder to sell a gun online if your photos seek to neuter it as much as possible.
I know I make this kind of post every now and then but I do apologize for the actual lack of posts lately. With my fall semester up and running, I’ve had fluctuating hours at my 2nd job. From barely any hours to back-to-back-to-back graveyard shifts, I’m kind of glad to be getting more hours again…I still have to buy the Mosin Nagant 91/30 PU sniper rifle for the giveaway.
Speaking of which, I’m trying to find a good specimen, per say. There are a lot of fake sniper rifles out there but it doesn’t mean they aren’t good rifles. Finding an actual real period correct PU sniper will cost a bit more than I can afford given my current project list, and several guns I’m planning on buying for Christmas.
I haven’t posted what it will take to win the giveaway but I can tell you now that it sounds simple but is rather deceptively difficult. I’m contacting a couple other blogs who may assist in the giveaway given the task required.
The actual details of this year’s giveaway will be posted at the end of September, so look for that post if you’re interested.