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Shot Show Favorites

Shot Show Favorites

by Rob Kay

The Shot Show was mind numbing in the sheer number of products on display.

What I’d like to offer in this article is a very unscientific survey of a few items I found of personal interest at the Show a few weeks ago.

Price and availability of mags got you down? At the Mako booth I ran into a manufacturer called E-Lander, which makes high end mags in Israel for the Tavor, M16 and AR 15. These are made from high carbon steel and were tested by the Israeli special military forces. I was told by a manufacturer’s rep that you can run them over with a truck and they will maintain their integrity. (Of course they will tell you that!) The message is they are built to withstand combat conditions and including a 96-hour salt-spray test, exceeding the IDF’s salt-spray test requirements. Other features: The “anti-tilt” self-leveling followers are white so you can easily see when you’re out of ammo. Unlike other companies, they have not raised their price during the current feeding frenzy. You can purchase them for $18.70 from their US distributor, Mako.

The Shot Show also featured a couple of interesting new producers of high end 1911s. Cabot Guns (founded in 2001) out of Cabot, PA made a big splash at the show with a very aggressive advertising campaign featuring what they describe as the “first post-custom 1911”. I’m not quite sure what that term means other than Cabot Guns having positioned their products as the “ne plus ultra”, of the factory 1911 genre. (See Cabot’s “Mr. Jones” 1911 above). They are priced accordingly–in the neighborhood of $4000. Those of us who have priced 1911s know that this is roughly double of what an entry level Les Baer or an Ed Brown 1911.

Cabot reckons you get what you pay for.

They say it takes them over 30 hours to build their “extreme precision” frame and slide. The parts are machined from solid blocks of 4140 billet steel. Nothing is cast or forged. The components are milled to accuracy in the 1,000’s of an inch to “aerospace tolerances”.

I inspected several of their 1911s and I must say they look pretty good.

I guess they shoot well too. Cabot’s team came back with a gold and a bronze at last year’s Camp Perry competition.

A very different 1911 manufacturer also caught my eye at the show. If Cabot appeals to our inner Donald Trump, Ithaca might appeal to our inner Clint Eastwood.

Founded in 1880, Ithaca, is a company with a storied past and more recently, has bounced back from a near death experience.

Primarily known as a first rate manufacturer of shotguns, the Upper Sandusky, Ohio, company also got into the 1911 business during the Second World War when it made 382,000 Model 1911-A1s between 1942 and 1945. After the war it’s fortunes declined. Ithaca filed bankruptcy twice and went through a series of managemment changes over the last several decades.

The newest owner bought the company out in 2007 and bankrolled a total revamp, covering all areas of the manufacturing process. New management appears to be very serious about resurrecting the company. In addition to revitalizing their shotgun business they have focused very intently on producing very fine, semi-custom 1911 for $1800.

They make all their own parts (including the barrels) and was told that they are OEMs for other semi-custom 1911 manufacturers. Ithaca’s marketing strategy is the polar opposite of Cabot’s. Not a lot of flash or marketing dollars, if any, spent on advertising. They just go about their business, producing guns.

At this point they don’t field a shooting team but that may change.

If you’re in the market for a 1911, you’ll want to make sure it gets fed flawlessly and to be certain of this you might consider Metalform Company’s new “Pro Carry” series magazines, which was displayed at the Show. (See above).

Features include:

– Flat skirted follower
– Extra power spring
– Low friction Xylan coating on magazine body
– Available in standard 7 round (depicted above at right) and officer’s 6 round capacities.
– Heat treated stainless steel body and follower

Karl Hoffman, the rep from the Rhode Island-based company said he has used this magazine with ball, JHP and LSWC ammo through his Les Baer wad-gun and it functioned flawlessly. He said he’s also shot full tilt ball ammo through a Clark Custom ball gun without an issue. Price for the Pro Carry should be in the $20-25 range.

Intelligun is a device that belongs at the Consumer Electronic Show as much as Shot Show. This is a nifty little fingerprint locking system that will keep your gun unusable to anyone but you or other “authorized” users. All you do is pick up the gun and a tiny scan on the grip reads your fingerprints, instantaneously unlocks the gun alowing you to use it.

As soon as you let go, Intelligun relocks the gun.It comes with a battery, sensor and locking system with no change in the weight, look or feel. You can disable it if you like. Currently it’s only available for the 1911 but more models are on the way.We were not able to get a price quote for this product but are working on it!

(All photos courtesy of respective manufacturers except for Ithaca model taken by Rob Kay).

Rob Kay is a Honolulu-based writer and author of the travel site Fijiguide.com. He can be reached at rkay@lava.net.

HRA Alert

HRA Alert: We have been informed by our NRA State NRA/ILA Rep, Dan Reid, that a Hawaii person allegedly was refused registration of an AR-15 and others in line were similarly advised, because of “pending legislation.” If you have direct knowledge of such an incident, please ask the individual(s) refused to contact HRA Madeleine Shaw(shawmadeleine@yahoo.com) and Dan Reid(DReid@nrahq.org) with specifics, i.e. the name of the officer or employee refusing, time, and date?

Mahalo, Dr Max Cooper, HRA Leg. Liaison

HRA LEGISLATIVE REPORT, 2/28/2013

The Senate Ways And Means money committee (WAM) gave decision and took a vote to pass SB69, SD1, which started out as a gun buyback bill, but ended up stuffed with other issues by Sen.Will Espero’s Public Safety Committee.  We haven’t seen the actual Senate Draft 2 (SD2) yet, but Chair David Ige announced his recommendations, removing reference to gun buybacks, mental health background checks, and police gun safety programs from the bill.  The $200,000 earmarked appropriation for these is deleted, but a blank line for an appropriation to the county police was left in the bill for further discussion.  The bill will authorize the county police to do NICS (National Instant Checks System) checks (supported by HRA) on firearms owners who are already required to register firearms they bring in from out of state, and collect the FBI fee for fingerprints if the registrant has none on file.  The 3-day window to register guns brought in is increased to 5 days, compatible with the registration requirement for guns acquired in state, and allowing for 3-day weekends. Sen. Sam Slom voted “no” as did WAM Vice-Chair, Senator Michelle Kidani, who said the counties should fund their own county police programs. Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland expressed her concern about the Chair’s recommendation to extend the registration window.  Go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=69&year=2013 in a few days, when the clerks catch up, for the actual SD2 language crossing over to the House where the whole process repeats.

 

HB603, amending the Hawaii self-defense statutes, was heard yesterday in House Judiciary Committee.  Although this complicated section of Hawaii statute could be improved, HRA believes the current statute, only recently passed in 2010, is sufficient, and the legislative climate this year is too volatile, so recommended in testimony that the bill bedeferred indefinitely (dead for the year).  Chair Rhoads announced that as his intention.  There will be no HB1 draft generated.

 

The Legislature is at its half-way point March 7, 2013.  The worst gun bills are already dead for the year.  A big mahalo to all you activists who support our gun rights during this difficult legislative session.  Don’t let up before it’s over, May 2!

 

Dr Maxwell Cooper

HRA Legislative Liaison

HRA LEGISLATIVE REPORT, March, 2013

Hawaii State Legislature and Firearms Bills:   In football terms we’re in the second quarter with points on the scoreboard, thanks mostly to good defense.  Some of the worst bills are out of the game, for now anyway.  Now it’s time to put our best offense into play:

NOW IS THE TIME TO GO PROACTIVE, (WHILE STILL MAINTAINING A GOOD DEFENSE OF OUR RIGHTS):  

The Legislature goes into a mandatory 5-day recess Feb 21 through Feb 26.  Neither the House or Senate convenes, although hearings may be scheduled.  The offices and staffs stay open to catch up, but many of the Neighbor Island Legislators take time to fly home for a few days.  If you are a registered voter on any Island, (they know), please make a phone call this week to your own Senator and Representative and ask for an appointment to meet with them during the recess, or whenever, to discuss gun control, your views and theirs.  This is grass roots lobbying, and it’s what we do best.

Be politely insistent that this is very important to you as a constituent.  Your Legislator’s staff will place your message before your Representative and Senator.  If you do not hear back in 2-3 days (you probably won’t), call back and say you haven’t had a response yet.  It is understood that every Legislator is expected to represent his or her constituency, and to do so they must open their offices and their schedules to hear you.  Some Neighbor Island first-year Legislators may not have a district office yet, but your Legislators should be willing to meet you in their offices or a public place like a restaurant or coffee shop for a chat. Take a friend or relative along.  

Not registered to vote?  There is still time.  Go to http://hawaii.gov/elections/forms/voter_pab_application_english.pdf  or call 808 453-VOTE or for Neighbor Islands 800 442-VOTE (8683) and ask that a voter registration form be mailed to you.  

Don’t know who your Legislators are or how to call them?  Go to the Legislature home page, http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/ and click on the “Find Your Legislator” box in the upper right corner.  Then go back to the home page, click on “Senate” or “House,” and  then “Senators” or “Representatives” to find their web pages with all their contact information.  Or call the Senate Clerk at 808 586-6720 or House Clerk, 808 586-6400 and get a phone or fax number for your Legislator.    

Don’t know quite what to say?  Politely expressing your personal feelings is best.  HRA will have talking points on the issues on the web site,  http://www.hawaiirifleassociation.org/ or by request at 808 225-6944.

Mahalo, 

Dr. Maxwell Cooper,
HRA Legislative Liaison

HRA LEGISLATIVE REPORT, SB932, Mental Health

SB932, Mental Health, was heard 2/8/13 at 1:35pm in a combined hearing of the Senate Health and Public Safety Committees.  The bill would require mental health caregivers to report patients involuntarily hospitalized for “serious” mental illness or any patient who indicated plans to use a dangerous implement against a named person.  Failure to report would be a felony.  Protection of confidential patient-doctor communication and records would be abolished.  Firearms would be immediately seized.  A list would be kept by government, and everyone on it would be denied a firearm permit . Those on the list would have to prove they have no mental illness to get off it.

The bill was introduced by Health Chair Sen. Josh Green, a Family Practice physician himself, so Committee support for the bill was expected.  Questions and comments by Public Safety (PSM) Committee Chair, Sen. Will Espero during the hearing indicated he also wanted to pass something.

There was no testimony in support and over 125 in opposition.  Even the Attorney General’s representative, the Health Department, and The Department of Public Safety couldn’t say much nice about the bill.  Like HRA, Mental Health of America, and much of the other testimony in opposition, they agreed the intent was good, reduce violence with dangerous implements, but the bill was unsupportable.  To view the on-time testimony, go to: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/Testimony/SB932_TESTIMONY_HTH-PSM_02-08-13.pdf

Faced with no support, the Health Chair, Senator Green, indicated he and his colleagues intend to amend the bill to establish a working group of representatives from gun rights supporters, law enforcement, attorneys, the Department of Health, physicians, and possibly firearms dealers to make recommendations.  Normally these groups meet between Legislature sessions and report back next year.

The Committee will formally announce a decision and take a vote at their hearing Tuesday, 02/11/13, 2:30PM in conference room 229.  No testimony is taken.  You can view the actual result when a Committee Report and a new draft of the bill with the amendments is posted online.  Check the bill history page, maybe by Friday, 2/15, for a Committee Report and a SB932-SD1 (Senate Draft 1):   http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=932&year=2013

Once again, good things happened for gun right supporters because many supporters from all corners of the community sent good testimony, and an impressive number showed up to sit across the conference table from their Senators to explain why this bill was so terrible.

NOW IS THE TIME TO GO PROACTIVE, (WHILE STILL MAINTAINING A GOOD DEFENSE OF OUR RIGHTS):

 

The Legislature goes into a mandatory 5-day recess Feb 21 through Feb 26.  Neither the House or Senate convenes although hearings may be scheduled.  The offices and staffs stay open to catch up, but many of the Neighbor Island Legislators take time to fly home for a few days.  If you are a registered voter on any Island, (they know), please make a phone call this week to your own Senator and Representative and ask for an appointment to meet with them during the recess, or whenever, to discuss gun control, your views and theirs.  Be politely insistent that this is very important to you as a constituent.  Their staffs will place your message before your Representative and Senator.  If you do not hear back in 2-3 days (you may well not), call back.  It is understood that every Legislator is expected to represent his or her constituency, and to do so they must open their offices and their schedules to hear you.  Some Neighbor Island first-year Legislators may not have a district office yet, but your Legislators should be willing to meet you in their offices or a public place like a restaurant or coffee shop for a chat. Take a friend or relative along.  

Not registered to vote?  There is still time.  Go to http://hawaii.gov/elections/forms/voter_pab_application_english.pdf  or call 808 453-VOTE or for Neighbor Islands 800 442-VOTE (8683) and ask that a copy be mailed to you.  
or call 
Don’t know who your Legislators are or how to call them?  Go to the Legislature home page, http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/ and click on the “Find Your Legislator” box in the upper right corner.  Then go back to the home page, click on “Senate” or “House,” and  then “Senators” or “Representatives” to find their web pages with all their contact information.  Or call the Senate Clerk at 808 586-6720 or House Clerk, 808 586-6400.

Don’t know quite what to say?  Politely expressing your personal feelings is best.  HRA will have talking points on the issues on the web site http://www.hawaiirifleassociation.org/ or by request at 808 225-6944.


Mahalo,
Dr. Maxwell Cooper,
HRA Legislative Liaison

House Bill 426

WE WON!

House Bill 426, repealing the limited civil immunity for NRA Instructors, died in the House Judiciary Committee (JUD) yesterday.  

The bill, introduced on behalf of the personal injury lawyers in the State by Rep. Scott Saiki ( McCully, Kaheka, Kakaako, Downtown), a personal injury lawyer himself, was given a public hearing yesterday afternoon.  Over 360 pieces of testimony were received against the bill.  Only one person testified in favor, the representative of the personal injury lawyer’s association.  360/1 is unheard of.  Dozens of gun rights supporters took off time from work, braved the traffic and parking, and met their Representatives across the conference table to testify in person in opposition during the two-hour hearing on the bill.  

JUD Chair, F-rated Karl Rhoads (Kalihi, Palama, Iwilei, Chinatown), still recommended passage of the bill with 3 separate amendments, in spite of the overwhelming testimony against the bill, the fact that the very limited immunity provided Instructors only passed last year, and the manner in which the referral went straight to the JUD Committee only.  Normal procedure was subverted by House Leadership liberal dissidents, bypassing the Public Safety Committee, and leaving only one chance to kill the bill in the House.  

When JUD Chair Rhoads announced his recommendation to pass the bill to the rest of the Committee there was strong opposition voiced from Vice Chair Sharon Har, and Members Ken Ito, Clift Tsugi, CynthiaThielen, and Bob McDermott.  Then the role call vote was taken:

Chair Rep. Karl Rhoads… aye
Vice Chair Rep. Sharon Har… no
Rep. Della Au Belatti…aye, with reservations (expresses some concerns, but still a yes)
Rep. Tom Brower…aye, with reservations
Rep. Rida Cabanilla…excused
Rep. Mele Carroll…excused
Rep. Ken Ito…no
Rep. Derek Kawakami…no
Rep. Chris Lee…aye
Rep. Clift Tsuji…no
Rep. Jessica Wooley…aye
Rep. Bob McDermott…no
Rep. Cynthia Thielen…no

5 ayes, 6 no’s

Vice Chair Har announced the bill failed, overriding the Chair’s recommendation, a very rare occurrence in the Hawaii State Legislature.

There is no similar bill in the Senate, so, barring resuscitation efforts using legislative manipulation, HB 426 is dead for the year.  

We won because of very supportive Legislators on the committee, especially Reps. Ken Ito and Sharon Har, and all of the committee members who voted no.  A big MAHALO to them all and their staffs!

And we won because hundreds of men and women, from all corners of the of the firearms community, joined together, stood up for their rights, and supported proper gun safety instruction without fear of unwarranted lawsuits. Give yourself a big Mahalo!

Adjournment of the Legislature May 3, 2013 is a long way off, with many terrible bills left to deal with this year, but this is a very good start, and a strong message to the Legislature.  

Aloha,

Dr. Max Cooper
HRA Legislative Liaison