GunUp Shop is here!

I’ve been working for GunUp now for going on 3 years; and through that time I’ve been party to some pretty amazing developments that have come because of innovation that we’ve driven. One of the goals has been for the longest time to make online gun sales easier for users, and we’ve taken the next step in doing that. Today GunUp launched the improved version of GunUp Shop putting our inventory of 300 guns right at your fingertips for online ordering.

gunup shop screen

I’m really proud of all the work that it’s taken to get us where we are. We’re selling guns, magazine ads, online ads – doing things in the industry that no one had thought one company could do. And the best part is that we’re just going to get better. I’m always welcome to ideas on how to improve and grow, so if you’re on GunUp Shop and there’s something you’d like to see, let me know by sending me an email at [email protected] – now go buy some guns!

Bianchi Cup Training: Go Shoot Groups

Bianchi Cup is really all about accuracy under time pressure. While on some stages the par times are quite long, on other stages like the Barricade they can be tight enough to force you to make poor decisions with your sights and trigger.

Chatting with top pros about how to train for the Cup, every single one of them has said “go shoot groups.” You don’t necessarily have to practice the Cup’s courses of fire on a one for one basis, because the fundamental skill we’re looking to build is accuracy. After some tweaking, I’ve come up with the group shooting course that I’ll be using to train for the Cup.

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The State of Gun Nuts

So by now it should be readily apparent to all our readers and fans that we’re slowly recovering from the hack over the weekend. After all the years of blogging, I’m a firm believer in transparency, so I want to keep you guys up to date on what’s been going on and more importantly where we’re going from here.


Obviously and most importantly, I want to state that hackers really do suck. Of course, I’ve never understood the desire to vandalize other people’s stuff just for fun, but some people do, and thus we have the sort of malicious code injection that happened to the site the other day. Here’s the good news: google has recrawled the site, and taken down the malware warning for the posts in the archive that were affected by the malware attack. So we’re once again free of naughty code. More good news is that I’ve been able to recover the archives up to about April of 2011.

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Site status update

The archives are partially restored as of 1745 CST; somehow I’ve lost most of 2011-2013 which we’ll work on getting back up over the next week or so.

All traces of the malware hack have been removed at this time, and I’ve requested a google site review to get the malware warning removed. We’ll return to posting regular content tomorrow morning and continue to restore the archives.

Thanks, Caleb

Restoring the archives

To our readers: as we work on the process of restoring the site, you may have noticed some content (much content) is missing. We’re working to restore the archives as quickly as possible so that the wealth of information we’ve had on the site over the years won’t be lost. Please bear with us over the next few days as we get this squared away.

Kel-Tec PMR-30 Suspended

Kel-Tec PMR-30

Speaking of Kel-Tec, they have currently suspended production of the Kel-Tec PMR-30 (of which they weren’t really producing a lot of guns anyway) due to keyholing issues with the gun.  For those not familiar with the term, keyholing is what happens with the rate of twist in the barrel doesn’t stabilize the bullet in flight.  The result is that the projectile tumbles and loses both accuracy and velocity at a much more rapid rate than a properly stabilized bullet.  Kel-Tec’s official press release follows the jump.

As time has progressed, so has the PMR-30. Since the start of the year the PMR-30 has been shipping in full quantities to all of our distributors on a rotating basis (to make it fair for all distributors). Recently we have been made aware of a potential issue that we feel our customers should definitely be made aware of. We are in the middle of a re-design to our barrel due to key-holing concerns. For those unfamiliar with key-holing, basically it is when the bullet tumbles end over end rather than travelling stable with a solid spiral. It seems as though the 1:16 twist ratio of our barrels isn’t quite preventing these issues from occurring. We are currently testing new twist ratios for the PMR-30 so that these issues no longer occur (1:9 and 1:12). There has also been a cosmetic change to the barrel: we have removed the fluting on the barrel. The initial fluted design was for weight reduction, however it was time-consuming to produce. We have created a new design that matches the weight and decreases production time significantly. It will look like a more traditional pistol. IMPORTANT: For customers who DO own a PMR-30 and are experiencing key-holing, you may send your barrel in to be replaced by the newly redesigned versions once they are available. When they are available, a status update will be made so that our customers know that they can go ahead and send their barrel in for replacement. Shipping costs will be reimbursed, of course. Once the new design is tested and implemented, we will post all necessary information for sending back your defective barrel for replacement. As of today: 5/10/2011, we are halting shipments on the PMR-30 to reduce the number of potential key-holing pistols that go out. We estimate a 2-week period until shipments are resumed. We sincerely apologize to everyone who is affected by this. We hope that our customers understand that we are trying hard to make sure that the best possible product goes out.

I’m glad that Kel-Tec is going to try and make this right, because honestly the PMR-30 is the only Kel-Tec product I’ve ever really been interested in buying. I have a deep love affair with .22 Magnum, and I think it’s just a neato little cartridge in an autoloader. That being said, the PMR-30 has been plagued with reliability issues since it was introduced, and now with the added problem of tumbling bullets it has been effectively removed from my list of guns I’d want to buy.

Federal 115 grain JHP special

Federal 115 grain JHP +P+
Federal 115 grain JHP +P+

Cheaper than Dirt has a great deal going on Federal 115 grain JHP +P+ ammo.  This is top of the line self defense ammo and at 17 bucks a box you should probably just go buy as much of it as you can right now before it’s gone.

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