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This is from Breitbarts Big Government.

Yes Virginia elections have consequences.

How many potential companies will avoid Virginia because

Terry the punk McAuliffe’s future tax increases?


Until Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) was elected on November 5, Beretta USA had the Old Dominion on a short list of states in which it could build a new factory.

The USA side of Beretta has been based in Maryland, but Governor Martin O’Malley‘s (D) gun control push convinced them to move to a more gun-friendly climate.

According to The Washington Times, Beretta already “has a distribution center in Spotsylvania, VA,” so building the new factory in the state made sense–when Virginia had a pro-gun governor.

Beretta USA’s general counsel Jeff Reh said, “The anti-gun ads that McAuliffe ran in northern Virginia were particularly offensive. And the fact that he could gain a voting advantage by doing so caused us additional concern.”

Red added: “All this was a real disappointment because of the great pro-gun and pro-business response we received from the Commonwealth and local political and business leaders throughout our search process in [the state].”

Until McAuliffe was elected VA was “one of six finalist locations” being considered by Beretta executives.



Beretta to Leave Maryland if Gun Control Laws Passed

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This is from Godfather Politics.

One more business that is leaving a DemocRat run state.

Now you understand why the symbol for the Dems is a donkey.

Beretta USA


In 1526, Mastro Bartolomeo Beretta was paid to deliver 185 arquebus rifle barrels to the Arsenal of Venice.  An arquebus rifle was a long-barreled smooth-bore gun that was the precursor to modern rifles.  The Beretta products made at the time were extremely high quality precision arms for the day and the fledgling company quickly earned a reputation among the Republic of Venice.

Not long after, word spread of their craftsmanship through Italy and company grew.  Bartolomeo passed his craft on to his son Giovannino who passed it to his grandson Giovan Antonio.  Today, fifteen generations and nearly 500 years later, the Beretta family still owns and operates one of the most prestigious firearms company in the world.

In the later part of the 1800s, Beretta began to distribute their products internationally.  In the early 1900s, the company began to expand and opened up manufacturing facilities in a number of European countries.  In 1977-78, they expanded to the US.  Today, Beretta USA is headquartered in Accokeek, Maryland where it employs around 300 people.

The company has recently spent over $1 million in its plant in Maryland and has plans for further expansion.  But those plans are being put on hold.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has proposed a bill that contains some strict gun control measures.  His bill would ban all assault and assault-style weapons, magazines that contain more than 10 rounds and any new gun that has two or more military-like features such as pistol grips, bayonet mounts, etc.

Currently, Beretta manufactures a 9mm pistol used by thousands of US military personnel and law enforcement officers.  The pistol also has a 13 round magazine.  If O’Malley’s bill becomes law, this pistol will be banned from the state of Maryland.  Beretta also has a prototype weapon they are about to produce that is a semi-automatic version of the ARX-160, but this gun would also be banned under the proposed law.

Consequently, Beretta USA has told the state legislature and Gov. O’Malley that they will leave Maryland and take their 300 jobs to another state if O’Malley’s bill becomes law.  In a statement released by Beretta’s general counsel, Jeffrey Reh:

“Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?”

Earlier this month, Reh testified before the Maryland legislature and reminded them that when Maryland began increasing gun restrictions, Beretta responded by moving its warehouse to Virginia.  Reh stated:

“I think they thought we were bluffing, but Berettas don’t bluff.”

Beretta is not the only firearms company that has threatened to leave a state if they passed strict gun control laws.  In Colorado, Magpul and Alfred Manufacturing told the state legislature that they would leave if the gun control laws passed.  The Colorado laws were passed and now both companies are exploring possible new location sites for their facilities.

Democrats are so fired up over their disarm America agenda that they are willing to sacrifice jobs and revenue to accomplish their goals.  The saddest part is that the only real impact their laws will have is to make it easier and safer for criminals to commit violent crimes against unarmed citizens.

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Beretta to Maryland: Enact gun laws and we may be outta here

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This is from BizPac Review.

Do the Governors really care if the gun industries leave their states?

Will it matter to them thousands of jobs will be lost?

How will they replace the lost tax revenue?

We know the answer Raise Taxes.


The domestic arm of Beretta, Italy’s respected gunmaker, is considering pulling up stakes from its 35-year home in Marylandand moving on to greener pastures.

The Aurora Theater shooting and the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have started a war with clearly-defined battle lines. On one side, lawmakers are furiously drafting gun control bills to prove to their constituents they’re actually doing more than attending cocktail parties.

On the other side are arms manufacturers and gun enthusiasts who foresee the very real possibility of their livelihood being stripped away and their Second Amendment rights denied in the heat of passion.

Some armorers have banded together and vowed to refuse to do business with any state enacting strict gun control measures.

Beretta is taking an even more direct approach, telling Maryland: “Enact such measures at your own risk,” according to The Washington Post. Beretta is considering moving its operations to another state if Maryland infringes on the Second Amendment rights of Beretta’s clientele.

In the Obama age of high unemployment, this is no empty threat.

Firearms today are a growth industry building for expansion, but firms like Beretta face a dilemma.

“Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?” Jeffrey Reh, general counsel for Beretta, told The Washington Post.

The Post’s Aaron Davis wrote:

Concern that the company will leave, and take its 300 jobs with it, is palpable among state lawmakers who worry it could be collateral damage from Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed gun-control bill.

Among other restrictions, O’Malley’s bill would ban assault rifles, magazines with more than 10 bullets and any new guns with two or more “military-like” features. Gun experts said it’s a near-certainty that Beretta’s semiautomatic version of the ARX-160, now only a prototype, would be banned under O’Malley’s bill.

“I’m concerned. I think they’re going to move,” Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., told the Post. “They sell guns across the world and in every state in the union — to places a lot more friendly to the company than this state.”

Whether the company moves or stays is, I suppose, at least in part up to Miller’s Senate. For now, each firearm leaving Beretta’s Maryland facility is stamped, “Made in Accokeek.” Maybe next year they’ll be stamped, “Made in Laredo.”

Read more at The Washington Post.


The Truth About Gun Buying Advice

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This is from The Truth About Guns.

If asked about what gun to buy I tell them this is my two cents worth.

 Personally I favor the Glock but you may want something else.

I ask them if they know of a good gun shop?

If they do I tell them to talk to the person in the shop.

If they do not know of a shop I tell them of a couple of good shops.

I also recommend going to a place to rent and try different guns.

A friend and I were discussing handguns today and we got on the topic of his nephew who’d bought a .357 Magnum revolver (the only handgun he owns) but can’t shoot it worth a damn. It made me think about the husband of one of my employees who’s a retired firefighter, stands about 6′ 4″ has a WWE wrestler’s build and whose only gun is a compact .380. Which he never shoots. In both cases they were out with the guys and got a recommendation from someone as to what gun they should buy. In both cases that recommendation was wrong . . .

We’re assaulted by recommendations from all manner of “experts” who are only too happy to tell anyone who will listen about their idea of the perfect gun. The problem is those who are less knowledgeable often follow this advice without really understanding the implications. Until it’s too late and they’ve plunked down their hard-earned cash for a gun they hate.

I’ve been down that road myself.  I’ve probably purchased something north of a couple of dozen handguns over the last few years in search of the “right” gun for me. I still own about half of them, but the ones that ended up sold provided some valuable lessons (as well as hits to the pocketbook) as to what I like and — just as important — what I don’t.

Lesson One:  There is no such thing as a perfect gun

Anyone who tells you otherwise is full of shit. Up to their baby blues in it. For most people a perfect gun would be small and easily concealable, lightweight, have a large capacity magazine (at least 15 rounds), have grip big enough to be held comfortably and have less recoil than a .22 while firing a massively potent round.

Absent some sort of Dr. Who-like space/time dimensional warp effect, there isn’t any way to pack all of those characteristics to be in a one gun. A firearm that is small and light will, by necessity, be limited in ammo capacity as well as (to some extent) caliber.  A gun that fires a powerful round needs to be larger and heavier to absorb the recoil, or it would be too difficult to shoot accurately for most people.

And as I’ve said in the past, I prefer the DA/SA firing system over the the SAO, DAO, Glock Safe Action varieties. Any gun that doesn’t have a DA/SA is simply not the perfect gun. For me.

Lesson Two: The right tool for the job

Once we’ve established that there’s no such thing as the perfect do-everything gun, most people are better off getting more than one, each of which is good for its intended purpose. This beats the hell out of settling for one gun that does nothing particularly well.

This is why I own a couple of large frame combat/target pistols for when I don’t need to worry about concealability and want large capacity magazines. I also own a mid-size heater, a Sig P229, that I can conceal in the colder months, but still has a respectable round count. And then there are my compact guns such as my S&W J-Frame that, while lacking in capacity, are much easier to conceal. I choose my gun depending on my situation each day. Sure, there’s always a compromise involved, but such is life.

Lesson Three: Understand the context of the advice

James Yeager, the guy behind the Tactical Response videos, is famous for saying, “Every gun should be a Glock, every Glock should be 9mm, and every 9mm should be a Glock 19.” Again, bullshit. He may say that partly in jest, but in my mind such advice undermines his credibility as an instructor.

The good instructors I’ve known don’t give a damn what you shoot. They’ll talk with you and offer suggestions based on what your situation, but they won’t presume to tell you what you need. Everyone’s different and they know it.

Since I have a fondness for DA/SA guns and since Glock doesn’t make a DA/SA gun, I’m damn glad the industry hasn’t taken Yeager’s advice. Check the display case at your friendly neighborhood gun store. Not everyone wants or needs Gaston’s brainchild. Horses for courses.

Another key to filtering the noise: consider the background of the person giving the advice. Ask a SEAL what the best gun is and he’s going to give you the benefit of his experience using the guns he had access to. The problem is that unless you’re planning to hunt the Taliban in the desert, chances are that his view of the best gun won’t be yours.  On the other hand, if you’re looking to carry concealed, people like your fellow CCW holders or police officers with experience working undercover might provide you with better suggestions since their experience is a lot closer to your situation.

Case in point: I’m a big cigar smoker and I used to blindly follow the advice of cigar reviewers. After smoking my way through more than my share of crappy stogies, I began to understand the individual tastes of the various cigar reviewers figured out who had tastes that are similar to mine. Now, I only pay attention them and rarely end up with any dog rockets.

The same approach has merit where gun advice is concerned. I’ll never listen to a guy who spews the one gun to rule them all ethos (Glock honks, SIG or Beretta fanboys, etc.)  I own handguns from five different companies and like them all. So get your advice from people who understand that the reason there are so many options is that there are just as many different preferences out there, each of which has some merit to the individual shooter. It’s usually the best way to avoid plunking your money down for the firearm equivalent of a dog rocket.

Sticking to their guns: Marines place $22.5M order for the Colt .45 M1911


This is from Fox News.

The Marines understand John Browning invented the perfect weapon.

There is no doubt the Colt .45 will be around a long time.

It’s been called the greatest handgun ever made, and it has barely changed sine 1911, when the legendary John Browning designed it especially for the U.S. Military.

And now, the Colt .45 M1911 is making a big comeback, now that the U.S. Marines have placed a $22.5 million order for the Connecticut-made pistols.

The gun, which has been wielded on film by John Wayne and in real life by Sgt. Alvin York and Maj. Audie Murphy, was the standard-issue sidearm in the military for decades, until it was replaced by the Beretta M9 in 1985.

“It just became an iconic part of military and American history,” Gerry Dinkel, CEO and president of Colt Defense, told

The gun, one of the most successful pistols ever used at Camp Perry‘s National Matches, a competition known to be the main world event in artillery sports, has barely changed since it’s creation. Dinkel says that shows the gun’s “elegant design” just can’t be improved on. And firearms experts agree.

“You can’t beat a .45 cartridge,” Jack Lewis, firearms director for Cowan’s Auctions, told “Some things are hard to replace,” he said.

Colt Defense, based in Hartford, Conn., will supply as many as 12,000 of the 200,000 U.S. Marines with semi-automatic, tan-colored M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistols, and they will include spare parts and logistical support. The gun has long been the weapon of choice for special operations agents, thanks to its reliability and the stopping power of its massive bullets.

“I’m really glad that they’re keeping it in the American economy,” Lewis, who used the gun while he was in the armed forces, said. “I was quite upset when they went to the Beretta,” Lewis said.

Some reports suggest Marines are not happy with their main Beretta M9s for their lack of accuracy and stopping power. With M1911’s now supplying Special Ops, growing interest may lead to a better solution.

“To have the 1911 selected again for U. S. Forces 101 years after its initial introduction is just an incredible testament to the timeless design and effectiveness of the Colt 1911,” Dinkel said. “This is truly a gratifying contract award.”

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