About Aaron Spuler

Founder and Executive Editor for The Weapon Blog, Aaron is a firearms enthusiast and recreational shooter.

Former Reality Star Indicted, Arrested For Firearm, Tax Crimes

I saw a few episodes of this show back in the day and something seemed off to me. I couldn’t put my finger on specifically what it was, but this explains a lot.

A former reality star on the show American Guns, which aired on the Discovery Channel, has been indicted and arrested for firearm and tax crimes.

Richard Wyatt, 52, of Evergreen, surrendered to authorities Thursday on charges of conspiracy, dealing in firearms without a license and tax-related charges.

Wyatt was the subject of a 13-count federal grand jury indictment in Denver.

According to the indictment, Wyatt allegedly illegally sold guns and failed to report over $1.1 million to the Internal Revenue Service. He operated Gunsmoke, a store in Wheat Ridge that sold firearms, accessories and provided gunsmithing services. The store was the subject of American Guns, which ran on the Discovery Channel from 2011 to 2012. There were a total of 26 episodes.

Wyatt controlled the store’s bank account and was the principal decision-maker for the business.

On Feb. 17, 2012, Wyatt and several others, who have not been named, conspired to deal in firearms without a license.

In April 2012, he surrendered his Federal Firearms License due to his violations of federal laws and regulations.

When Gunsmoke surrendered the license, Wyatt changed the address of a store called Triggers Firearms, LLC and a firearms license to the Gunsmoke address, even though they did not play a role in managing Triggers and they did not receive any profits.

Wyatt submitted false paperwork to the ATF to hide that Triggers was acting as a straw licensee for Gunsmoke.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.9news.com/news/crime/former-reality-star-indicted-arrested-for-firearm-tax-crimes/40260539

Trap Shooting Now Fastest-Growing Sport In U.S. High Schools

The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League championship is the biggest shooting sport event in the world, according to Esme Deprez of Bloomberg. During its inception in 2009, the championship only had 30 shooters. This year, there were more than 5,000 shooters, 20,000 spectators, as well as sponsors like SKB Shotguns and Benelli Armi SpA.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.ischoolguide.com/articles/18905/20150720/trap-shooting-growing-sport-high-schools.htm

10 Facts About Samuel Colt

1. Colt was an early adopter of assembly-line production.
2. He pioneered product placement.
3. Colt produced his own version of July 4th fireworks.
4. A ship voyage as a teenager gave Colt the idea for a revolver design.
5. He spent three years as a traveling huckster.
6. His first firearms company flopped.
7. His brother was convicted of murder in a sensational trial.
8. The Mexican-American War revived Colt’s fortunes.
9. Colt built an industrial utopia.
10. He never held a Colt .45 in his hand.

Read more details on each of the individual items above: http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-samuel-colt

February 2016 Gun/Gear Contests

At the risk of reducing my own chances to win, http://www.weapon-blog.com/contests/ has been updated with all the gun and gear related contests that I am aware of for the month.

Go forth and win… As always, feel free to share wherever you can.

I really need your help. The list is a bit lean this month. If you are aware of any that are not on the list, please use the contact form to get it added to the list.

Kydex: An Alternative To Leather For Holsters

When it comes to storing firearms and their accessories securely, leather has so much to offer. While leather rough, water resistant, easily worked and abrasion resistant, it is also beautiful to look at. These are a few reasons why leather is the top choice of material to manufacture gun holsters and magazine pouches.

In addition, it’s a cheaper material in terms of cost and can is easily available as it comes from a variety of sources. Cow hide is not only the source of leather; some of the premium holsters are made from horse hide, among other things.

However, when it comes to firearms, leather does have several shortcomings. The tanning chemical that remains within the leather causes havoc sometimes on blued gunmetal. For this reason, it’s strongly recommended not to leave blued guns within their holsters for long. Moreover, leather needs a break before the gun holster will be any use at all. Leather needs to expanse over frequent use so that it fits the gun properly.

Due to these issues, Kydex has now replaced leather and is so popular today as a better material for holster.

KYDEX

For your information, Kydex is a synthetic acrylic polyvinyl chloride material (PVC) and a hybrid of acrylic and PVC. While it is very firm and abrasion resistant, it isn’t brittle like PVC and has excellent chemical resistance unlike leather.

Pros of Kydex

Kydex feels like a hard plastic to your hand with a rough surface. Talking about its appearance, it is mostly light gray in color.

Whether it’s a knife or the gun holsters or the magazine pouches, Kydex is a fantastic material for all. It’s thermo-molded meaning that it begins life as a flat sheet and is heated over a mold later where it takes its final shape.
While kydex is never going to be as drop dead gorgeous as leather, it does have some important advantages:

  • Kydex is a thermo molded material, which means that your new Kydex holster will fit your firearm accurately, with no slack or slop.
  • Unlike leather, there is no break-in period with Kydex. The moment you buy it, your gun will fit, and that too perfectly. No need to stretch it, no special oils or other laborious tasks.
  • Kydex is pH neutral and will not affect your firearms coating.
  • Kydex is much firmer and less easily bendable than leather.
  • A Kydex holster never requires maintenance or oiling other than an occasional wipe down with a damp rag.

Cons

The only downside to Kydex, is the fact that it is so well molded that you need to find the exact model of holster for your firearm. Most of the leather holsters will double as one-size-fits-all holsters for similar handguns which is not the case with Kydex. Still, for a daily carry holster, Kydex makes excellent sense!


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