Gone are the days of newspapers, magazines and network television. Social media is today’s top source for news, entertainment and information. But with the quick pace of trending topics and 140-character updates, unless you live online, you’re bound to miss something. Luckily for you, that’s my job. The Social Media Reload features the most popular, interesting, entertaining and controversial content in the firearms and outdoors industry from the past week and repackages it into a quick list with a bang. Read on and see what you missed this week.
VOTE FOR FIREARMS
The presidential election season is upon us and the Republican Party is looking like just that—a party. In an effort to find a way to separate the 17 candidates, the Telegraph sent a survey to each candidate asking whether they owned guns, and if so, what type and for what purpose. We recommend reading the article in its entirety, but here is some of the revealed information we found most interesting:
- Of the 17 candidates, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie were the only three who did not own guns. However, Fiorina noted her husband owns six firearms and Christie is a native of New Jersey, where gun laws can be less than friendly. Two candidates, Ben Carson and Bobby Jindal, both own firearms, but did not provide any details.
- Seven candidates surveyed own handguns and several have carry licenses.
- Jim Gilmore owns the most firearms of all candidates, including four handguns and two shotguns for both self and home defense as well as hunting.
- Mike Huckabee, who was once quoted saying “‘gun control’ means that you hit the target,” owns multiple ARs and rifles. He was also the first American governor to have a concealed-carry license.
- Donald Trump, a resident of New York, has a business carry license in which you must prove you have a valid reason to carry a gun related to work, such as if you work with cash (check) and might be targeted for robbery (check).
BLUE PIG SHOT IN CALIFORNIA
When the in-laws of Reddit user GlendilTEK shot a pig on their ranch in Morgan Hill, California, they thought it was just another feral hog. However, upon cutting into the animal, they found its fat was a bright fluorescent blue. According to the photos uploaded by GlendilTEK, everything else about the hog was normal besides the bizarre blue pig-mentation. Samples were sent to the University of California, Davis for further research and testing but nothing has been announced yet. However, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded with their own theory, citing rodent poison, ground squirrel bait or pesticides as possible causes. Whatever caused it, officials do not recommend eating meat from such animals. (via Outdoor Hub)
If you’ve ever fallen down the YouTube rabbit hole, ammunition videos are some of the most interesting and entertaining on the Internet. We couldn’t pick just one this week so we decided to share them all.
- The Would Channel released a video (see above) testing the velocity difference between hot and cold rounds. Winchester rifle ammunition was left in the sun as well as stuck in the vents of a car with the air conditioning on and then fired with an AR-15 over a chronograph. The results? On average, the hotter rounds were faster than those that were cold, though the difference was far from drastic.
- Mass Ammo recently launched a new website and with it, a new promotional video. The video features some of our favorite things—beautiful women, machine guns and more brass than we can count—as company employee Michael is bathed in ammo by leather-clad models in the middle of an indoor gun range. For most of us, such a scenario is nothing more than a fantasy, but for Michael, it was real.
- Lastly, Liberty Ammunition continued their video ballistic gel series using their high-performance personal and home defense Civil Defense line. The most recent video features the 9mm +P round, capable of traveling at more than 2,000 FPS. The copper, monolithic, hollow-point fragmenting round is popular among law enforcement officers and received the highest score from the National Tactical Officers Association Members Tested and Recommended Program.
Have you watched or read something interesting, entertaining or controversial on social media this week? Shoot us a link in a comment below and stay up to date with the best of each week with our Social Media Reload archive.