Single mother buys gun, makes it on TMZ

Okay, I know I’m like a month behind the times on this, but I’d bet most of my readers didn’t know that TMZ spotted former child star Hilary Duff buying a Glock in Culver City back in November.

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When I found this story this morning I didn’t know what to make of it. My first thought was “so what” and that’s reflected in the title of the post. Apparently, Duff just went through a divorce and is now a single mom, and to my world there’s nothing irrational about a recently single mom buying a quality handgun, presumably for personal protection. I mean, look at the circumstances: her ex-husband is a former professional hockey player, she filed for primary physical custody of their son, and she’s still a relatively high profile person as evidenced by the fact that TMZ is still stalking her. So to us, buying a gun makes a ton of sense.

It’s hard sometimes to remember that we live in an unusual sub-culture as firearms enthusiasts. To us, nothing in this story seems unusual, but to the public at large, it’s apparently worth at least 100 words on TMZ. However, to you and me, a recently divorced single mom buying a Glock makes perfect sense.

So the real question is, what kind of Glock did Hilary Duff buy? I hope it’s a Glock 19, because that’s the best Glock ever. Being famous and relatively wealthy, she’ll also have access to training and quite likely the connections to get a CCW permit in California, which is frequently beyond the reach of mere mortals. Hopefully she’ll be a responsible gun owner and do that, get the training necessary to effectively use that (hopefully a) Glock 19 if the dire need should ever arise.

The five best scenes from Justified

Justified is one of my all time favorite TV shows, and it’s a favorite of gun nuts everywhere. The writing and gunplay are on point, and it seems that’s there is something for everyone in the show. We like it so much that we featured The Guns of Justified in the December issue of GunUp the Magazine, which you can download on your iPad at this link. But now let’s get to my five favorite moments from the series. Oh, spoilers for people who’ve never seen the show, duh.

5. “I hope I got that right”

In Season 4’s Outlaw, Raylan gets in a fast and dirty shootout with an assassin disguised as a county deputy. What’s great about this scene is that Raylan acts on nearly pure instinct, as he has no reason other than his gut to believe that the person he shoots isn’t a real cop; but he reacts fast, bullets fly, and he finishes the scene with a simple line: “I hope I got that right.”

4. Pretty much all of Boyd Crowder

It’s hard to pick a favorite Boyd Crowder moment in the show, because he plays such a great foil to Raylan. One minute he’s helping Raylan, the next working against him. Season 5, the most recent season as a nice return to form for Boyd, as he started dropping bodies all over the place again in order to get what he wanted from the system. I particularly enjoyed the finale of Season 5, where he set up some cartel hitman to get killed by the US Marshall service in order to accomplish his objectives. Oh Boyd, you scamp.

3. Tim shoots Colton in church

Tim Gutterson is one of the supporting characters on Justified, and one who I don’t think gets enough screen time or character development. However, in Season 4 we do get a look into his backstory a bit, and he ends up wrapping up one of the season’s important plot lines and dealing with one of that season’s main villains. In typical Justified fashion, he deals with said baddie, one Colton Rhodes, by shooting him repeatedly in the chest. In Tim’s defense, Colton tried to draw on him. (note; I couldn’t find a clip of this on youtube, sorry)

2. “You’ll pay to find out”

In season 1, in the very first episode, Boyd Crowder asks Raylan what gun he’s carrying. Raylan responds with what would become one of my favorite one liners of the show when he simply says “you’ll pay to find out.” Boyd decides to pay the toll, and finds out first hand exactly what Raylan is carrying, which in that scene was Colt Officer’s Model. That also marks the only time in the series you see Raylan with a 1911 variant, as for the rest of the show he carries a Glock.

1. “Next one’s coming faster”

This scene is probably everyone’s favorite, and is by far one of the most badass things to happen on television. Watch the video above, and if I have to explain why that’s so great, you’re a bad person and you should feel bad. It’s a genuinely great moment from what I feel was the show’s most uneven season – Season 3 had some really great moments, but on the balance I felt like it was cluttered and busy, trying to do too much. But this moment is just fantastic.

It’s New Year’s Eve, we’re taking a light day, but what are your favorite moments from Justified?

Photo of the day: Earl Harbinger gets an upgrade

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Fans of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International series will know that the best character in the books, Earl Harbinger carries a Smith & Wesson 625 revolver as his go-to sidearm, usually accompanied by a Thompson SMG as his primary. I don’t know if Earl has Crimson Trace lasers on his 625…but he should.