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Other Reviews / Bug-A-Salt 2.0 Insect Gun - The Salt Shotgun for Flies
« Last post by GunLink on July 18, 2019, 11:11:18 AM »
Assault Rifle - er, A Salt Rifle - for fly eradication.

I remember when Lorenzo Maggiore's original IndiGoGo campaign for the Bug-A-Salt was going on and remember it being  a neat idea. Maybe not neat enough to get on board right away with the crowd-funding effort, but neat enough to put a definite mental pin in it as something to keep my eye on. That campaign garnered nearly 4,000% of his $15k goal, raking in well over half a million bucks from almost 11,000 supporters on the (then) patent-pending novelty.

The original video from the IndieGoGo campaign:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oYl-Lm9a6U" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oYl-Lm9a6U</a>

The concept is pretty simple and well executed - it's a spring-powered airgun that shoots salt like a miniature plastic shotgun. Load it, cock it, blast the ever-loving crap out of insects. Like I said: pretty simple.

We have the Bug-A-Salt 2.0 model. The company recommends using ordinary, everyday table salt, although you can also use magical pink salt dug from mystical mountains by Pakistani child laborers. I'm not sure if this imparts any supernatural properties into the actual functioning of the Bug-A-Salt, but we get Pink Himalayan salt for relatively cheap at Costco and Hippies are into having chunks of it laying around, so I guess having a few extra pinches of it scattered through the house and office might help open up some chakras or something.

The salt (enough for around 80 or so shots) is loaded into a hopper above the barrel of the gun, which also offers a view port on the side to let you know when your ammo supply is running low.

I was a little dismayed when the Bug-A-Salt that we ordered first arrived. We have a sunny, south-facing window in our house that tends to be where a few flies congregate in the summer months. I've had an ongoing beef with this family of generational freeloaders hanging out around this window, so I was pretty vindictive. I wanted them dead. Really dead. So I took my brand new, bright, shiny, black and yellow Bug-A-Salt, loaded up with enchanted pink salt, crept into my firing position, drew a point-blank bead (which I was sure would splatter all over) and KA-POW!

That little sucker was nowhere to be found! I must have reduced him to atoms! Nope. Now he was just hanging out about a foot further up the window - not vaporized, only mildly annoyed. I discovered that if you are too close, I think the puff of air that propels the salt shoos the fly away before he gets the scattergun blast of salt. With this newfound knowledge, I backed my tactical firing position away to about 10-15" and was soon anchoring the winged enemy with one shot. Before long, I had laid waste to their entire army, sending their disgusting souls on to Fly-Valhalla or wherever dead bugs go.

It continues to pattern well and be plenty effective out to around 2-3', making it an invaluable tool for when we have the smoker or grill going for a BBQ outdoors.

There are plenty of warnings all over the Bug-A-Salt about not shooting it at people, pets, or anything other than bugs you're trying to kill. That's no joke. At close range, the expended salt has no problem denting aluminum cans, leaving a pattern of small dents like a small scale birdshot-on-a-car-door. From about four inches, it will sting the palm of your hand pretty good, it has no problem completely penetrating newsprint paper, and I can confirm that it is capable of bead-blasting off lacquer wood finish. Oops. Although it's not exactly a lethal weapon, the Four Laws of Gun Safety should still be followed.

It isn't a tremendous amount of salt expended per shot, but it is enough that you will need to sweep after an extended engagement like the one we had in The Battle of South Window. One thing that I learned early on is the importance of keeping the Bug-A-Salt level while pumping it to ensure the the salt feeds from the hopper into the firing mechanism. In the heat of battle, I had to keep reminding myself that I couldn't just pump the action from whatever firing position I was in, such as sharp upward or downward angles or performing tactical barrel rolls.

The sights on the Bug-A-Salt 2.0 are kind of a joke, consisting of front and rear U-notches. The front notch is mostly obscured by the salt hopper and the rear notch is recessed until the gun is cocked. I suspect that its use as a sight is secondary to its primary purpose as a cocked/loaded chamber indicator. One annoying "feature" is the auto-engaging safety mechanism. Upon cocking the Bug-A-Salt, the rear sight notch pops up and the thumb safety also engages, requiring the shooter to manually disengage it for each shot.

After accompanying me on some "hunting" expeditions, both my Mrs. and 8 year old niece claim that I have too much fun with the Bug-A-Salt, I happen to think that I have just the right amount of fun with it. Practical fun, too, mind you. I'm not just running around the place like a lunatic throwing around condiments; I'm exterminating nasty, dirty pests. And I'm doing it without spraying chemicals on everything, smearing bug guts on the wall, breaking mini-blind slats, or ripping up the pages of whatever periodical I happen to be holding when I spot the winged menace.

At first I thought that $40 seemed pretty steep to spend on a fly-killing toy. The Mrs. REALLY thought it seemed like too much, although once it arrived she had to admit that it was a lot cooler than she expected it to be. It works great, it does what it's supposed to do, and it's a lot of fun. It's a must have for grillers, BBQers, or anyone with fly issues.

Gear Review / Alien Gear Holster
« Last post by TheHarleyB on July 08, 2019, 05:02:21 PM »
I recently found a used alien gear IWB holster and did a shell trade to fit my shield. It's the older model with leather back. The shell I sent in was kydex but the one I got back was regular plastic with a lot more detail molded into it. I've worn it for a few days and so far I like it.  It covers up a lot of area which gets kind of hot since it isn't breathable but it's comfortable. It fits the gun perfect and it conceals pretty well. I'm not sure what the point of molding in all the extra detail like trigger and pins is though. Not bad for $25 including shipping the old shell back for trade but I wish it was cooler/more breathable like a stealth gear.

Gear Review / Re: Bravo Concealment DOS Torsion Holster Review
« Last post by GunLink on June 26, 2019, 08:32:31 AM »
I'm sure some IWB kydex holsters could be uncomfortable, but the Bravo DOS Torsion we tried was not. It has enough curvature that it fits to the body when carrying it on your side around 4-5 o'clock but not so much curvature that the ends dig into you when carrying AIWB. You probably would not forget that it is there, but it is not uncomfortable. As mentioned in the review, the only thing that we found slightly uncomfortable was the threaded barrel opening digging in while seated with it in the appendix position.
Kentucky / Re: Kentucky Constitutional Carry law takes effect THIS WEEK!
« Last post by LivingDeadGirl on June 25, 2019, 06:10:52 PM »
I知 excited for it.  I have always had trouble finding time to take the class and I知 a little shy at the range when being watched. I知 okay when I知 with my boyfriend but he already has his license so I壇 be alone. We did a group training with some friends a while back and it took awhile before I was comfortable enough to get up there and work with the instructor.

Plus I get frustrated if I知 not hitting the target well and I can frustrate myself into missing even bigger. 

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Kentucky / Re: Kentucky Constitutional Carry law takes effect THIS WEEK!
« Last post by Gunz on June 25, 2019, 04:57:14 PM »
Everyone should be able to protect themselves and their families with the best tools available to do so. And they shouldn't have to pay for the "privilege" of doing it. I think it's a good thing. Even though it's not required now, everyone should still get training.
Kentucky / Re: Kentucky Constitutional Carry law takes effect THIS WEEK!
« Last post by TheHarleyB on June 25, 2019, 03:03:46 PM »
Won't change a thing for me but I'm glad that more people will be able to carry without the class or cost. I hope everyone takes the time to get familiar with the carry laws, but they probably wont. Hopefully petty criminals will think twice now about sticking up Joe Public since they might be more likely to have a gun now. I think the odds of that in Kentucky were already pretty good anyway. Most of the crimes you see on TV is hoodrat-on-hoodrat anyway most times.

That makes 14 now. That's a good thing, but I wish it was more. Green = constitutional carry

Kentucky / Kentucky Constitutional Carry law takes effect THIS WEEK!
« Last post by masfonos on June 25, 2019, 01:34:40 PM »
The new CCDW law goes into effect this thursday June 27. Kentuckians will no longer need to shell out $135 or sleep through an 8 hour class to exercise their right to carry a firearm to defend themselves from criminals. All of the requirements, restrictions, off-limit places, etc. are still in place, you just won't need the card to carry.

CJ article (be warned, their website is trash even if it wasn't Courier Journal) has a little info:  https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2019/06/25/kentucky-new-concealed-carry-law-what-it-means-for-gun-loving-state/1511455001/

Does the new law change anything for you? Like getting a CCDW permit when you didn't have one before or letting your permit expire since you don't need it anymore, carry it more/less, etc? I will be keeping mine for reciprocity when I'm traveling but also because it speeds up the gun buying process.

I think the police, not all but a lot, forget that they are civilians too. 

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Good start. Too bad they still treat one of the most law abiding subsets of society as criminals and force them to be subject to fingerprints and other BS. Hopefully that goes away once they get constitutional carry.



Do the police ever support these bills?

Of course not. At least not in major cities and not when there's a camera or microphone around. THE STREETS WILL RUN RED WITH BLOOD! There are plenty of level headed LEOs out there who support it, but they're usually sheriffs or small town cops that you won't hear from or city cops too afraid of union repercussions from supporting it.

The Kentucky bill had several cops (and maybe feds too?) standing up at the hearings to show their ass and say how allowing CCDW in its current form (21+ years old, non prohibited persons, off-limit places still off-limits) would mean that 15 year old felons would be carrying unlicensed stolen guns in prohibited places. And the hand wringing parents there too lapping it up.
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