a word about advertisements

As some of my readers – and I – have noticed, advertisements from “Cheaper Than Dirt” are occasionally showing up in the banner ad space at the top of the page and the skyscraper ad space on the right side of the page.  Unfortunately, the only control over those is “all or nothing” – those advertisements are randomly generated and provided by Tactical Republic, and, at the moment, they are unwilling / unable to filter companies for individual webpages. 

Those advertisements do, however, pay for the hosting costs of this site (and others, for that matter), so they are going to have to stay for the time being (at least until someone else is willing to pay that much for that space – feel free to email me at “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net”). 

However, just to be clear, the presence of an advertisement in those two locations does NOT mean this site or I endorse the company in question, and, in fact, I strongly advise people to shop ANYWHERE other than “Cheaper Than Dirt” for their firearm-related products

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funny how the world works

In comments in a recent post, a self-identified employee of Remington provided a link to that company’s debunking of CNBC’s recent hit-piece against the 700, and I admitted to the employee that I did not link to it myself primarily because I hate sitting through videos that present information which would be easier and faster for me to to just read – videos of kittens riding Roombas are fine by me, but when it comes to a good, old-fashioned fisking, I prefer them to be in writing.

A day later, Cheaper Than Dirt’s weblog has just the written-down explanation I wanted:

It’s interesting to note that there are a total of 75 lawsuits filed alleging that a Remington 700 rifle had without the trigger being pulled. Even if true, by the numbers, that means that 0.0015% of all of the rifles produced over the years have had a problem. Put another way, 99.9985% of all of the Model 700 rifles produced DO NOT have a faulty trigger. Are numbers like these indicative of an inherent design flaw? One would suspect that if there was a design flaw that it would be found in every Remington Model 700, or at least a more than 75.

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So, despite claims that the situation is easily duplicated, and despite hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on experts, nobody has EVER been able to cause a Remington 700 to fire without the trigger being pulled.

It is funny (not “haha” funny, “how stupid is that” funny) how ragingly anti-gun bigots like Southern Beale and others minimize, if not outright omit, little details like that, is it not?