Theriault Standridge

My thoughts and opinions.

Brace Yourself: The SHOT Show Is Coming!

SHOT Show is Coming

I, like many firearms enthusiasts, am always interested in watching the gun news that starts coming in around this time of year.  New firearms are being introduced, and the introductions will peak at the SHOT Show in 2014.  Recently, for example, Ruger announced a new rifle called the SR-762, which is a .308 caliber long gun that looks like an AR-15.  Having shot several AR-10 rifles in my life, I am very interested in getting one of these guns!

I have been thinking about what new guns for 2014 I would like to see.  I hear that Colt may reintroduce their double action line of revolvers.  I do not have any way of confirming that to be true, but it would certainly be nice.  A old-style Python with that amazing Colt blue finish would be an awesome thing to have in the gun safe.

Ruger is likely to come out with a semi-auto shotgun.  It will be interesting to see if they do that or not.  Just today, for example, they announced the company was bringing back the Red Label over/under shotguns.  So, having another scattergun in the line up would make sense to me.

Smith & Wesson is cooking up something special, I am sure.  The company has seen a lot of success with the Shield, M&P pistols and AR rifles.  It is about time for them to introduce a new gun that really blows the socks off everyone.

I’m not sure what Remington might have up their collective sleeves.  Perhaps a new rifle for 2014?  We saw a new budget gun from them at last year’s SHOT Show, so maybe a new one for the higher end market this time?  The VersaMax has certainly been exceedingly popular.  Maybe they will have a real whiz-bang tactical version of that gun to show off.

Glock.  Meh.  Glock has the potential to do so much, yet they seem very comfortable to stay in a holding pattern.  I’m not expecting much from that crew.

Just a few weeks ago, I would have bet my last dollar that Springfield Armory would introduce a .40 caliber version of the XD-S.  Now, I’m not so sure.  With the recall on, things look a might bit shaky for the XD-S line.  They might take a low profile approach and introduce new pistols at the 2014 NRA Show instead.

I am Theriault Standridge, and I like guns.

In a world that seems to increasingly frown on individual liberties, I stand alone.  A single man in a maelstrom of foolish collectivism.  One of the most fundamental natural rights we possess, that of life, is under attack.

It is self-evident that all men have a right to life, and with it comes the inescapable right and duty to defend one’s self.  Does the lion have claws?  Does the snake have fangs?  Does the elk have antlers?  These tools of self defense exist in nature, because under nature’s laws, all of us have a right to life.  That right can only be protected – defended – with weapons.

Man is not fast, nor does he have sharp claws or wings with which to fly.  Man has the intelligence to build tools and the opposable thumb with which to wield them.  Man’s claws are the tools he builds.  Those tools in a modern world are firearms.  Guns.  The very things governments would snatch from your hands.

But if a government fears an armed populace, isn’t that the surest guarantee of liberty?  Government does not give up rights, rather, it can only infringe upon them.  Therefore, they should fear an armed populace.  It is a populace that can defend itself that is the best hedge against tyranny.