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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:31 PM
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Pink pistols, fitted gear: NRA Annual Convention will court women
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 04:44 PM by RamboLiberal
Dyanna Auston is the kind of woman the National Rifle Association looks for.

The single mom browsed Anthony Arms & Accessories in West Mifflin last week and bought a .38-caliber, pink-gripped Taurus pistol for personal protection. It's the first gun for Auston of Duquesne, and though she's not a member of the NRA, she said she'd consider joining and checking out this weekend's 2011 Annual Meetings & Exhibits in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for gun accessories geared toward women.

"I wanted a gun, and I wanted it to be girlie, so I went straight for the pink one," Auston, 21, said as she shopped with her sister Dawntaya Auston, 27, who owns a black 9 mm pistol. "I want to be able to protect myself."

Women increasingly are becoming gun owners in the United States, and manufacturers and retailers are tailoring products and classes toward the burgeoning market, instructors and an NRA spokeswoman said.

The NRA's national convention, which runs Friday through Sunday, expects to draw 65,000 to 70,000 people in its first return to Pittsburgh since 2004. A large portion of the more than 400 exhibitors will display products geared toward women, including pink and pearl gun grips and handles, designer leather purses that double as gun holsters, and hunting clothing fitted for a woman's body, said NRA spokeswoman Rachel Parsons.

Read more: Pink pistols, fitted gear: NRA event will court women - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pit...


Andrew Russell | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

I know this type of story has been posted before but thought it a little different spin talking about the NRA annual convention. Since it is in my hometown I'm going Friday and being a female gunowner I will definitely check it out - though I'm not into pink guns.

In the past I do think two groups pf gun owners have been somewhat ignored - women and left-handers.
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DonP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:34 PM
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1. I bet you see both Pink pistols and "Pink Pistols" there ntxt
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:35 PM
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2. I don't care if they reach out to women, but cut the PINK crap...
uggh. I am so sick of every marketing campaign targeted to women being based on PINK everything and pink GUNS are a grotesque concept.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:35 PM
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3. Try to deny the "bling" factor now gungeoneers.
This is pathetic, even for the NRA.
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:43 PM
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4. Hey it's not the NRA that's marketing pink pistols
It's the gun manufacturer's. The only I do like is the S&W M&P Julie Golob(Golowski) edition.
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CelticThunder Donating Member (460 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:46 PM
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7. Fine then. They're all fucking disgusting purveryors of profitable to them killing machines.
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Bold Lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:15 PM
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16. Well Fuck! Mine are broken. They haven't killed anyone.
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LibertyFox Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:18 PM
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18. You're right. Give women rape whistles and condoms instead.
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:20 PM
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19. +1 Yep those really work well
Meanwhile I'll keep my non-pink guns handy.
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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:22 PM
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32. You say that like there is something wrong with killing machines?

:shrug:
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:00 PM
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34. If you enjoy meat, you enjoy killing machines. nt
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:53 PM
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40. Any mechanical vegetable harvester is a killing machine too.
Death to the Soy Fields...! Veganism is Murder!
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rl6214 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 02:03 AM
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44. Well shit, heaven forbid they make a profit on the item they make.
Duh
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:45 PM
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6. How about an armed Barbie doll?
little girls could practice shooting Ken, if he get out of line...
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:59 PM
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9. Pink is "bling"? Fucking seriously?!
My grandmother is hip, and I never knew it...

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa.... whew.

Yer killin' me, Smalls...
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rl6214 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 02:02 AM
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43. You call pink "bling"?
Moronic.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 09:56 AM
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49. If that doesn't work for you you can call it a fashion accessory.
Edited on Tue Apr-26-11 09:58 AM by tridim
Or an aesthetic enhancement.

They're all the same thing.
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CelticThunder Donating Member (460 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:44 PM
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5. Awww! Girly killing machines! Put little hearts and flowers on them too!
Every time I think the NRA can't be any more disgusting they prove me wrong.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:51 PM
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8. Goodbye Kitty (tm)
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:00 PM
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10. So, making a gun any color but basic black is "disgusting"?
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 05:08 PM by PavePusher
And attributable to the NRA and not actual market research?

Dude, sit down and have a cuppa....

Edit: Wait, wait... I thought black meant "assault rifle"... or some such nonsense?
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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:10 PM
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14. The big bad NRA gets blamed for everything ...
By the way, they don't manufacture firearms. I just wanted to straighten your misconception out.


Pink Pistol benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness Smith and Wesson M&P9 JG
Posted on January 25, 2011 by josh



If you cant tell already, Im a Smith and Wesson fan, specifically the M&P series of pistols. I was cruising the smith and wesson site and saw the M&P 9 JG. The M&P9 JG is a 9mm M&P pistol with a few added features. It has a fiber optic front sight, A Warren tactical rear sight, 2 Pink interchangeable backstraps in addition to the 3 black one, and a breast cancer awareness ribbon engraved on the slide. This pistol was designed in collaboration with Julie Goloski-Golob. Being that my mother is a breast cancer survivor, I will have to get one of these pistols.

If you are looking for another pistol to just sport a cool pink color, you have a couple other options. The great thing about these pink pistols is they are small and mostly meant for conceal carry. Its just me, but I think a pink pistol should be small and dainty.

Smith and Wesson also makes another pink gun, but in revolver form. It is the M642. I is a snub nose (2 in barrel) that is chambered in .38spl. This is a pretty good looking gun for your wife or whatever but it in no way benefits breast cancer awareness.


http://personaldfence.com/pink-pistol-benefiting-breast... /

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S_B_Jackson Donating Member (564 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:53 PM
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28. And yet another pink pistol....
The SigSauer Mosquito.


Personally, I'd never buy one, think they're kinda hideous. HOWEVER, there are two ladies at work who decided to take the plunge into firearms ownership BECAUSE they could but them in pink. If they're happy with them, then I'm happy for them.

My daughter can't make up her mind whether she wants a "Hello Kitty" AR-15 build or not..........
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Bold Lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:16 PM
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17. Mine must be broken. They haven't killed anyone.
Would you consider that false advertising?
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DissedByBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:44 PM
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21. Been done already, by the owners n/t
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rl6214 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 02:05 AM
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45. Not the NRA marketing them dingdong
It's the gun manufacturers. Free market, ya know?
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Hoyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:02 PM
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11. Enjoy Newt Gingrich and Ted Nugent who will be appearing for the right wing crowd.
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:38 PM
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27. I don't go near the dinner
Be plenty busy just seeing the exibitors. Several hundred. So unless Nugent or Huckabee grace the exibit floor which I doubt I won't even see them.
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Hoyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:22 PM
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36. Just thousands of TBaggers.
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DonP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:16 PM
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38. Yeah, yeah, sure no Dems in the whole 4.5 million NRA membership
You are so incredibly out of touch with reality. Do you ever get out of Mom's basement?
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oneshooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 09:29 AM
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48.  I am begging to believe she locked him in. Too many things scare him. n/t
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Upton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:05 PM
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12. Good for them..
great to see women exercising their 2nd Amendment rights..

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LibertyFox Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:08 PM
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13. Pro carry = pro women

Regardless of who is promoting women carrying firearms. I can't think of many tools that are more personally empowering than a firearm and the training to use it. To deny RKBA is to deny a woman the chance to defend herself on an equal footing against any aggressor.
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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:11 PM
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15. +1000 (n/t)
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:23 PM
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20. And to your +1000 Spin I add my +1000
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oneshooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:02 PM
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24.  I will add +1000 from myself, and another +1000 from my Loving Wife. n/t
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DissedByBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:45 PM
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22. How condescending
Seriously, all women love pink?

Okay, I had my daughter's rifle painted pink.

But my other daughter and my wife? No way would they ever be caught with a pink gun.
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LibertyFox Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:53 PM
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23. Then don't buy one.
If women view it as condescending and don't want pink then they'll buy black guns or some other color.

There's no rule against a woman buying a non pink gun, they get made that way because there's a demand for them.
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AtheistCrusader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:17 PM
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25. My wife preferred the OD Green option.
Personally, I think it looks tacky, but w/e.
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:36 PM
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26. Hey I have an OD green Glock 19
With a matching OD green holster & mag pouch. I kind of like it.
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:57 PM
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29. Ummm, no-one said "all".
But it appears there is a significant market demand for things like this. Pink is only one of a palette of colors available for guns.

Just ask Mayor Bloomberg-buttinsky. Seems he hates him some rainbow....



http://articles.nydailynews.com/2008-03-21/news/1789382...

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2008-09-24/news/1790642...
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:20 PM
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41. For real I know Charter Arms has a palette of colors in revolvers
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:04 PM
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30. What's the deal with this pink shit?
They make pink fishing tackle, too. My wife looked at that stuff at the sporting goods store and said, "I wouldn't be caught dead with that crap." I don't let her go fishing with me any more. She kicks my ass bass fishing. Pink fishing reels? Nobody wants that crap. Pink pistols? WTF?
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:22 PM
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31. According to sales figures...
a reasonable number of people do want it.

Not my cup of tea either (I hate pink), I much prefer something in basic black, forest green, bright red or yellow, even flourescent orange. Or this:

http://www.precisionfirearms.com/19.html

http://www.rockriverarms.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=categ...

http://www.ironwooddesigns.com/IWDsite/IWDHome.html
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:35 PM
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33. I don't know. I've never been a fan of those laminated stocks.
They're just too flashy for me, really. I'm sort of a dark walnut guy who likes a dull tung oil finish. No reflections to flash a deer with. I used to drool over the stocks in the old Herter's catalogs, if you remember those. I never bought one, though, and have always just refinished the stocks on my own rifles. For pistols, my main concern is a non-slip grip, so I've always opted for synthetic grips.

I've just never been much for fancy stuff on firearms. As long as the thing shoots well, I'm a happy guy.

One exception, though: When I was 8, my Dad gave me a brand new Daisy BB rifle with a blond wooden stock. The same year, he gave me a woodburning set. So, that evening, I burned my name into the stock in big block letters. My Dad wasn't all that amused, really. I still have that old Daisy, hanging on the wall, and it still shoots OK.
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PavePusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:51 PM
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39. My favorite is Birdseye Maple on flintlocks....
Alas, it's beyond my current budget....
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:01 PM
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35. Sweet. nt
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ileus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:58 PM
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37. My wife want pink furniture for her AR...we haven't found any of good quality yet.
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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 09:17 AM
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47. Have you seen cav arms stuff
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rl6214 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 02:01 AM
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42. I thought I read somewhere that most women don't like
the pink stuff.
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X_Digger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 08:24 AM
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46. As a left-handed shooter, I endorse this!
Ambi safeties on my 1911's and ARs, and I still have to change hands to check for safe on my springfield.
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