February Soapbox – NSSF Real Solutions

It’s nice to be back.  I missed you guys and girls.

I’ve just returned from SHOT, a little the worse for the wear, but I was happy to reconnect with so many old friends and industry associates.  Our response to the inquiries “What’s new?” was a relatively modest one.  You’ll have seen or will see some additional barrel lengths, specifically the 4” Ranger II (California: you’re welcome).  We’re also looking at offering some additional colored finishes (bronze and dark blue were shown at the show) as well as a faux case-hardened look (not my personal favorite, I’ll admit, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder).  You can probably expect to see these offered as TALO special editions.  Otherwise, I answered the question with “Same old low prices, same old high quality and same old good customer service”.

I wanted to briefly redraw your attention to the state of the firearms industry and last year’s stunningly abrupt reversal in the anti-gun rhetoric spewed by Joe Biden, echoed by several others of his fellow candidates, where he shifted his sights away from the NRA and refocused them, instead, on the universe of firearms manufacturers who he characterized as “the enemy” of public safety https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/450807-biden-enemy-is-gun-manufacturers-not-the-nra.  I use that as counterpoint to a campaign designed and supported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation called “Real Solutions” https://www.nssfrealsolutions.org/ which illustrates the policies and programs created and championed by the industry which actually have a demonstrable, positive impact on public safety.  This is joined by a companion program recently launched called “Gun Owners Care” https://gunownerscare.org/, an effort intended to deflect the broad-brushed criticisms that gun owners like you and me are inherently bad people because of our enjoyment of firearms and the rights and traditions they embody.

We are not the enemy and I’m tired of the slander routinely heaped upon us.  How about you?


  1. Thank you for the info.
    How soon can we look for the 4” Ranger ll in our local gun stores? Got the itch for one or two of those!!

    1. It is amazing how many people do not understand the value of the second amendment. Seems they refuse to see what Stalin, Mao, Hitler, et al have done to their own countrymen. I presume that the promise of “free stuff” overwhelms any other consideration.

  2. i love God, freedom and the constitution. i live in communist california . my wife is disabled and fragile ,i just want to be able to protect her from harm. the government here dosnt want me to have the right to to defend my life and liberty ! im so thankful for your company for building such high quality black powder weapons . i dont have a felony but i dont believe that i should have to ask the government for permision to rights that are God given to you at birth. Trump is now making all californians to get the real id to fly and buy ammo ! it starts in california then it gos to the other states . vote libertarian to abolish the federal government!!

  3. Do not legitimize the insanity! (Non insanium legitimare) Reason above all until reason fails-then shoot for center mass.

  4. I’ve loved and used guns since I was a kid, but I don’t know how to respond to the observation that when the Founders were framing the 2nd Amendment their INTENTIONS had to include rights and concernas about the guns and ammo they knew-–-single or double barrel muzzle loaders. Now I can live with that–certainly not for police / military purposes, but here at home a muzzle loaded howdah pistols will let me sleep OK, even if a drug crazed prowler was climbing through a window…..Isn’t the interpretation of Constitutional language based on re-constructing the Founders’ intent given the facts of history?