From the Desk of John Rourke – January 5th, 2015

The flu continues to spread across the US at an alarming rate. My youngest – Christopher – was diagnosed several days ago and has fully recovered. Tamiflu was prescribed. Not exactly sure what I had but it took quite a while to get over it. A lot of my co-workers came down with it as well.

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I put a Kel Tec PMR30 pistol on layaway at my local gun shop. Probably not the smartest thing to spend my money on but this is more of a “want” than a “need”. Unfamiliar with the PMR30? Check out this video:


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My oldest son – Jonathan – is wanting me to get back into making YouTube videos.  I may give it another shot. If I do I will limit them to no more than 5 minutes. It will be “get to the point, and move on”.

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Watching the old James Bond movie, “A View to a Kill“. Interesting in that at the beginning 007 has a conversation about EMP over England.  This movie was made in 1985. Sean Connery was always my favorite Bond.




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  1. I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about that particular Kel-Tec. If I had the extra funds I would get it. Surely carrying 30+1 rounds of .22 Mag in a bug-out or as a glove box gun would have it’s positives.

  2. I’ve been looking at it as well. Can’t wait to hear from you on it. I may try it if you like it. Praying for you and your son to get well soon and protection for your family!

  3. This looks like a really nice pistol! I’d like one, myself. Nice, tiny round. Maybe pair it up with a .22 magnum mini revolver, and add a bolt action pocket sniper rifle to round things out?

    Good thing about the .22 magnum. All the gun shop and shows I have been to have piles of the stuff, yet no .22 LR.

  4. I got my firearms instructor certifications for pistol and rifle a few months ago. I had the opportunity to show that PMR30 pistol to a class of students about a month ago. I usually dont like to bash any firearm because evryone is entitled to their own opinions of differant weapons (differant strokes for differant follks), but I was not at all impressed with the PMR 30 and neither were my students. In its defense, its high capacity, its light, and the sights are nice. What myself and my students did not like was that it had several failure to fire events, the slide release is REALLY difficult to release with your thumb, and it looked “toyish” as one of my students stated. Even the barrel seems AWEFULLY thin. it does shoot straight, but I think Id be more inclined to spend another hundred bucks and buy a real hand gun like an M&P or a Glock. Interestingly, the PMR30 I had came from a friend of mine who owns a gun shop who took the PMR in on trade, and the original owner did not like it either.

    • Thanks for the info Gary. Yeah – the PMR30 is a very “odd” gun. For the price I could have bought a Glock 17 or a range of many “real” guns. As stated – the is a want not a need. I have wanted one since Kel-Tec re-engineered the PMR30’s barrel and resolved the reliability issues. It is a rimfire and will never be as reliable as a Glock or M&P. Once I get it and have a chance to shoot it I will report the results ASAP.

      Hopefully it doesn’t suck.

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