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  1. It is nice that Colt might be on the mend. I have a 70 series LW Commander modified by Wilson Combat that I consider my carry gun. It seems so sad that Colt gave up their huge market share and basically died on the vine. I guess that they decided that the US military .223 rifle market was the way to go. Kimber and a host of others carried the 1911 banner and now Colt is scratching to get back some share. It is very tough to recover.

    There are so many competitive choices in the bolt action rifle market and I look forward to seeing the Thompson/S&W rifle when it gets to the retail market. Thanks for the great reporting.

  2. Thanks for the SHOT show updates! That little Mossberg 510 (can I say carbine?) has moved to the top of my acquire list.

  3. Captain Bob, I believe those are the standard grips for that particular model. They’re done in the Jerry Miculek style with a, uh, louder color pattern.

  4. “Kimber and a host of others carried the 1911 banner and now Colt is scratching to get back some share. It is very tough to recover.”

    Especially when ECONOMY – and JOB MARKET – are now so depressed, and will stay that way for the foreseeable future.
    At least one major retailer now is discounting the hell out of basic stuff – even high-caps for the popular Mini-14 rifle. This just isn’t a good time to launch a new gun selling for 20 times the price of those mags.

  5. While I agree with Matt that the economy stinks, the gun shows and stores in South Central Florida are full of buyers. Most want “black” auto rifles and handguns. There is some discounting but sales of ammo are brisk at these shows. Anything “tactical” commands a premium in this area. I can understand that the traditional Michigan, Ohio or Pennsylvania deer hunting market may be depressed, but in Florida it seems like self protection sells, as long as the gun is “black”. I saw an older (70+) couple where the woman had severe arthritis. They purchased a defensive shotgun with a pistol grip only. Her hands were badly deformed from the arthritis and the husband convinced her that a shoulder stock was unneeded. This is insane, but marketing is a strange business.

  6. “While I agree with Matt that the economy stinks, the gun shows and stores in South Central Florida are full of buyers. ”

    Ones here in central North Carolina are full of BROWSERS. But a little attention to the doorway for the public to exit shows how little is actually selling at them.

  7. Has anyone has tested the new Mossberg 510 Mini in 20 gauge? If so, how’s the recoil?