And the award for the stupidest thing at the 2008 SHOT show goes to… SIMUNITIONS!


Not only for the stupidest thing revealed at this show, but possibly the stupidest product ever.  Because not just does it suck, it sucks to the point, that it WILL be killing people on accident.  I can pretty much guarantee that this product is going to fatally injure someone once it is in wide circulation, it’s just a matter of time.


Now there are lots of products at SHOT that will kill somebody eventually.  That’s kind of why we’re here.  However, these are usually people in dire need of killing.  But in this particular case, the people that are going to get popped are the users, not the bad guys.


Okay, allow me to explain.  A regular Simunitions round is a brass case, with a plastic cup, that holds a little paint ball bullet.  It is used for force on force training.  It is designed so that it can only (and pay attention, because this is the important part) be used in a gun that has been retrofitted with a special barrel that won’t allow it to fire REAL BULLETS.


Because shooting your buddy with a real bullet, on accident, while you’re trying to train, is usually considered a serious oopsie in the gun community, Simunition-Only guns are popular.  They are usually painted blue, and that way when you’re having a pretend gun fight, even if loose round of real live ammo sneaks into the mix somehow, it can’t be chambered into the gun.  It just won’t fit. 


This is a good thing because it eliminates one of the possible dangers in training.  Training in a dynamic environment always has the possibility of injury, but by utilizing the right types of tools, (i.e. guns that can’t shoot ammo that can kill you) you can minimize the types of injuries you can receive. 


Until now!  Simunitions is proud to present the all new CQT.  5.56 and 9mm Close Quarters Target Practice Cartridges.  It looks just like a regular paint round, only instead of being blue or orange, it is black, and it can kill you.  Hip-hip-frickin’-hoo-ray.


The idea is to have a low powered round that can be fired through guns fitted with the Sim barrel. Apparently this is for plywood shoot houses, or tormenting the neighbors’ pets, hell if I know. 


This is directly from the literature:

 ADVANTAGES: -Affordable-Convenience of target practice any time, any place, indoors or out-Will not damage training structures-Reduced lethality compared to ball or even frangible rounds 



-You may occasionally kill one of your training partners when one of these little bastards ends up with your paint rounds.


Okay, I’ll admit, I added that Disadvantages section.


I learned about these from a friend of mine who works on a SWAT team.  They were doing force on force, and were loading magazines.  He happened to see some one of his guys loading what looked like a black round into one of the magazines.  He was curious and stopped his guy, so he could check to see what the round was.  Even the box looked exactly the same, only the writing on it was different from the paint rounds.  He had never heard of a lethal round that could be fired through a Sim barrel, and was shocked.


I heard that story last night at dinner, and I thought, “No way, Simunitions can’t be that retarded.”  So I went by their booth this morning, and asked about it.  Sure enough, they are making this stuff, and they’re real proud of it. 


I asked the guy if they had given any thought to the idea that this might cause just a teensy little problem, because all these police departments out there that are conditioned to think their blue guns are non-lethal, now are lethal weapons.  He told me that if you obey all of the Simunitions safety protocols then that can’t happen.


Well guess what douche-bag.  If every driver out on the road obeyed every traffic protocol, then we wouldn’t have any more accidents either.  But last time I looked, stupid accidents happen.  So we still drive, but we try to minimize the potential problems.  This lethal Sim round is like drift racing through school zones. 


So he tells me, “Well, seriously it isn’t a big deal.  The 9mm only penetrates 2 inches of ballistic gelatin.” 


Yeah, that’s a comfort when I shoot a role-player in the trachea…  So he responds.  “Well, if you’re wearing the proper Simunitions brand face mask, then you can’t hit them in the neck.”  Okay, so we’ll disregard hits to the femoral or brachial arteries too.   


I didn’t think of it at the time, but this is the 9mm.  He didn’t say how many inches of gelatin the 5.56 would punch.  Ironically enough, right on their product literature it says -Reduced lethality compared to ball or even frangible rounds, because “reduced” lethality is like being “kinda pregnant”.   I don’t give a shit if it is reduced lethality, dead is dead.  If I really wanted to save money, we could all go out and shoot each other with high powered pellet rifles, which if I’m reading the 5.56 numbers right, is about what you’re going to get hit with.


Next he told me that it wasn’t a big deal, because they’ve only shipped like 100,000 rounds of it, and it has all been to the military.   And we all know that military equipment never makes it out into the LE world.  (and I’m sure that my friend, the SWAT instructor, that pointed this out to me, must have imagined the whole thing).  Silly firearms instructors…

 Basically I brought this up to Simunitions, and I was dismissed out of hand, because I’m just being silly.  I was also told that nobody else had brought up any concerns about this new product, which I happen to know is bullshit, because several other people I spoke with had also gone and talked to them about these rounds.  I personally hate when you bring up a safety concern, and somebody gets all smug and condescending. 

So if you do force on force with Simunitions, be extra careful.  You should be checking all of your ammo anyway, so watch out for these evil little things.


Or hell, just switch to Airsoft for training purposes.  It’s cheaper too.


So congratulations Simunitions.  You win the 2008 Stupidest Product award. 

Shot Show Day 1

Okay, turning in for the night.

I worked a lot of today, so didn’t see as much as I wanted to.

There was an ND about fifty feet from my booth.  Some cop had a loaded gun in his bag.  Ooops.  I didn’t see it go off, but I saw the guy who did it right after, shaking from the adrenalin.  Cops showed up a few minutes later.  It is funny how a room gets quiet when somebody touches one off.

There’s a company out of Utah that has a bullpup sniper rifle in .338 Lapua, qualitywise set up to compete with the Accuracy International and Sakos.  Trigger pull was AWESOME.  Overall size and weight for a 26″ barrel was excellent.  I have their name around here somewhere, but am too tired to find it.  Deseret Tactical, or something.

I checked out the Kriss.  I’m going to get a demo letter and get a full auto one to rent on the range so we can kick the crap out of it and see if it is good.  It feels weird, but I kind of like it, but I’ve got some weird thing for .45.

As for checking on the 416, I’m afraid that if I walk into the HK area, I’ll get my butt kicked by some big Teutons named Fritz, Hans, and Helmut or something.  “Hey, are you selling the 416?”  “NEIN!  It is the Correia from the internets.  Get him! Schnell!  Schnell!”

I saw the S&W night watchmen.  Pretty cool.  I was with Nightcrawler, and you know what a revolver geek he is.  He was all over it.

I found out that my favorite suppressor is going away.  I love the Tac-16, mostly because the bang for the buck is off the charts, but it is being discontinued. 

Vltor is making a Bren 10.  I like the guys at Vltor, so I figure they’ll do a good job.

I played with the model for the Magpul little tiny personal defense thingy.  It is truely compact.  I want one.  I’m a little leery of the Bushmaster buying of the Masada.  I’ve had some bad QC issues with Bushy in the past, but I’m willing to give them a shot.

Stay away from the buffet at the Sahara.  Trust me on this one.

More before I pass out tomorrow.

Live from SHOT show

Okay, limited Wi-Fi time. The show hasn’t started yet, but I’m an exhibitor, so I get in early to set up.

So far, neatest new thing I’ve seen is a 12 gauge, semi-auto shotgun, with FOUR magazine tubes. The four mag tubes rotate, so when you use one up, you switch to the next. Then you can pull the four tubes off like a magazine, and shove a new one on. Will get more details later.

There will be a civillian SCAR. Most of my crew went to the FN shoot today. I had to work. Somebody around here has to be responsible. The new sniper rifle based on the BAR? PvtPyle gave it two thumbs up. He was impressed with it from initial shooting.

Holy crap the STI Texican is slick. And I like the Rogue. They’ve got something new that they’re going to unveil tomorrow, but top secret until show starts. So I’ll go see them in the morning.

Lots of other stuff, but haven’t gotten to look at it yet. I’ll keep posting through out the week. 

Gun store is coming along, out of books, SHOT show, and more

It has been a super busy week.  The new store is coming along, and we’ll be open for business after we get back from SHOT.  We’ll be officially open on the 11th.  The new walls are up, the slat wall is up, the new carpet is in.  We’ll be moving the inventory in after we get back, and we’ll be good to go. 

You guys have to see this place.  The retail space is 3 times as big as my old store, and I’m so pumped to start working on the indoor range.

We have something really big coming for ammo too.  Details to come as we hammer it out, but we’ll have a supply of NATO spec 5.56 and .308 for cheaper than you’ve seen for the last couple of years. 

I’m currently out of copies of MHI, and have more coming.  I’ve got a couple of paypals over the last couple of days, one order that got lost, and a couple that came in by checks, but I’m out of books, and have more coming from the publisher.  So anything that has been ordered in the last week, or during the next week while in Vegas will go out when I get back.

We’ve got a huge crew going to SHOT.  I’ll be posting here every night about what stuff I think is cool.  I’ll be working at either the Prism (AIS) booth or the Lasermax booth off and on all show, so come by and say hi.

I don’t have the stomach to comment on politics right now.  Sadly enough, I’m watching it come down to McCain vs. Romney, and though I’m glad Guilliani has fallen off the face of the world, I look at McCain and Romney, and rather than enthusiasm, I feel nauseous. 

I’ve disliked Romney since the beginning.  Electable in Mass.  Enough said.

But compared to McCain-Feingold/McCain-Lieberman/McCain-Kenney (notice a pattern emerging here yet?) and between the two, I’ve got to say, Go Mitt.


So sore… can barely… move… Curse you old manky carpet. CURSE YOU!

Like I’ve mentioned before, my gun store is moving to a new, bigger building, that will allow us to build an indoor range.  It was the Pioneer Moters building.  The carpet for our new 3,000 square foot showroom just arrived, so we needed to get the old stuff out, and get the floor prepped so we can put the new stuff in today. 

Yesterday we ripped the old carpet out.  Oh. My. Gosh.

Okay, first there was tile glued to the concrete.  Then the glued the carpet onto the tile.  And they used a lot of glue, and I think it was either super glue, or the stuff that they use to up-armor humvees, then have people walk on it to pack it down for a decade. 

Hell if I know how they did it, but that was the toughest thing I’ve ever had to scrape up.  Finally we managed to get an edge started, and then we used an 8 foot long pry bar to pull up the old tile and carpet.  And no, that’s not a typo, it was a foot and a half longer than me, and weighed like 50 pounds.  Since I was the big guy, I could put the most mass on that bar, I ran it for what seemed like all day.

Now, you’ve got to understand, I used to be a manual-labor animal.  I grew up on a farm hoisting cows all day.  But 5 years living in a cubicle has made me soft.  That carpet kicked my ass. 

We would get up a bunch of it, with Blain and Dave holding up the carpet, and me slamming away at it until all the plaque in my heart would dislodge, and I would have to wait out the aneurism for a minute.  The Minions were getting their butts kicked too, because as we got up more of the carpet (connected to the tile, and 60 pounds of glue per square foot) all of a sudden they’re lifting a metric ton of carpet.  So basically, it sucked for everybody.

This morning, I can’t move.  My back hurts.  My arms hurt.  I tried to lift my breakfast, and I was like, damn, that’s some heavy frosted mini-wheats.  My sissy accountant hands, though a thing of beauty on the 10-key, are not exactly the best thing in the world for swining a big old pry bar, and today, they hurt.  I’m actually typing this with a pencil, one key at a time, held in my teeth.  (just kidding, it’s not quite that bad). 

But it will be worth it.  The new carpet goes in today, and then we start putting up the slat wall.  We’ll be in the old store off and on for the next couple of days, then we’ll be closed for SHOT, and open in the new place on February 11th.