About that $15 per hour minimum wage……….

Taco Bell opens its first digital-only restaurant in the US

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Taco Bell is opening its first digital-only restaurant in the U.S. on Wednesday in NYC’s Times Square.

To purchase a Chalupa or an iconic Mountain Dew Baja Blast, customers will be able to use one of the 10 automated kiosks inside the new Midtown Manhattan location.

Taco Bell

A look inside the digital-only Taco Bell. Photo credit Taco Bell

The restaurant will also serve alcoholic beverages, which must be purchased the old-fashioned way by speaking with an employee who can verify that the customer is over the age of 21.

The location, inside the iconic Paramount Building, also features a separate entrance for mobile and delivery order pick-ups from the cubbies.

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Only Stores Left Untouched In Minneapolis Area Riots Were Guarded By Armed Civilians
Rioters promising “revolution” shy away from conflict from vigilant armed citizens

Only Stores Left Untouched In Minneapolis Area Riots Were Guarded By Armed Civilians

On Tuesday night a second round of riots and looting took place in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, which is not far from the riot-and-crime-ridden city of Minneapolis. Footage of Dollar Tree and other storefronts being burglarized in act of civil protest against racial injustice circulated online, and gunshots were routinely heard in the distance.
A few stores in Brooklyn Center were left unmolested, however: businesses guarded out front by armed civilians.

Despite calls to violent “revolution” by looters, they did not appear interested in a confrontation with determined shopkeepers.

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Vista Outdoor Announces July Price Increases for Components & Ammo

April 1, 2021

Dear Customer:

Thank you for your business and for your continued support of American jobs and manufacturing. With new capital investments and unprecedented raw material price increases during these last few months, it is necessary to raise prices.

Effective 7/1/2021 CCI, Federal, Remington, and SPEER ammunition will take a price increase of 7% across all products from our last price list and Primers will increase 15%.

Unless you notify us to cancel an order, we will reprice all existing and future orders shipped on or after 7/1/2021 to the new 7/1 prices.

You will receive your finalized price list no later than May 28th.

Thank you for your continued support of our brands and our American workforce.

Yason R. Vanderbrink

President Ammunition

Fiocchi Announces Ammunition Price Increases for 2021

Thank you for your commitment and support of Fiocchi and B&P Ammunition during these unprecedented times.

We continue to experience materials cost increases including but not limited to copper, lead and zinc. Due to these increases we are announcing an ammunition price increase effective April 30, 2021. All open orders and backorders are subject to the increase and will be repriced accordingly unless we are notified that you would like to cancel.

The following categories are subject to the increases shown below.


Centerfire Pistol: 5%-15%
Centerfire Rifle: 5%
Rimfire: 5%
Slug & Buck: 15%
Promotional & Target/Game Shotshells: 7%

Target/Uplandloads: 5%-10%
Please expect new pricing and programs in the coming weeks.


Michael Halleron

Vice President, Sales

Nuro’s self-driving robot will deliver Domino’s pizza orders to customers in Houston.

Domino’s Pizza will start delivering pizzas via Nuro driverless cars in Houston this week as part of a pilot program, the company announced Monday. The company says “select customers” in Houston who make a prepaid delivery order from its store in the Woodland Heights neighborhood during certain dates and times can have their pizza brought to them by a Nuro R2 robot.

Here’s how the pizza deliveries will work: a customer places and pays for an order online from the Woodland Heights store and opts in to have the order brought by the R2. The customer receives a unique PIN via text alert along with updates on the vehicle’s location. When the robot car arrives, the customer enters the PIN on its touch screen, which opens the R2’s doors. Pizza ensues.

A customer retrieves her pizzas from Nuro’s R2 delivery robot.
 Image: Domino’s

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Over 200 former Remington Arms employees expected to be called back by month’s end

The former Remington Arms plant in Ilion has reopened under its new ownership, and some former employees are getting back to work.

“We have called back approximately 45 employees as of this week that along with the 20 management people that have been back for several weeks now,” Richmond Italia, a managing partner for the Roundhill Group Inc., owner of RemArms, the plant’s new operator, said in an email. “And we expect to round that number off to over 200 before the end of the month.”

The move came after United Mine Workers of America and RemArms, the plant’s new operator, reached a letter of agreement that paved the way for reopening the plant.

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I’m almost positive, this wasn’t a part of the plan.

Biden’s COVID Relief Checks Help Spur Another Record Month of AR-15 Sales

There are a lot of ironies when it comes to increased Democrat calls for more gun control — which always happens when they are in power — and corresponding record increases in gun sales, but this one might just be the granddaddy of them all.

As reported by “Washington Secrets” columnist Paul Bedard, gun sales hit another record in February as Joe Biden and congressional Democrats once again ramped up calls for new gun control measures, politically exploiting, as they always do, a series of tragic mass shootings.

Bedard writes:

For the second time in three months, the FBI broke its record for gun sales, concealed carry, and other firearms background checks in March.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System conducted 4,691,738 checks, an all-time high. It broke the record set in January of 4,317,804.

Gun sales generally track with the NICS numbers, though the FBI doesn’t make public how many were for gun purchases. Gun industry groups typically release those numbers after the FBI.

However, the numbers show that sales also likely hit a record high, a trend confirmed by sellers.

But this gets better — or worse, depending on your Second Amendment perspective.

Firearms groups note that Biden’s threat to use executive authority (if he, in fact, actually has the power to do so) to expand background checks and even ban the sale of semi-auto rifles like popular AR-15 models are what is driving the new sales (and take note, many gun calibers were already in short supply).

Here’s the irony: Gun sellers say that many buyers are using their $1,400 COVID stimulus checks to buy new firearms, and in particular, AR-15s.

Like we said, the ultimate irony.

First Vaccine Passports, Now Comes ‘Well Health Safety Seals’ Promoted by Celebrities

We’ve been reporting about how the Biden White House is developing “vaccine passports” for people to use to get into events/businesses/travel.

Remember when people posited those might be coming and people pooh poohed it as a conspiracy theory?

The vaccine passports are already underway in New York State to get into events. With theirs, you have an app with a QR code on your phone that is then scanned showing that you have been vaccinated before you can get in.

Folks on both sides of the political aisle are raising a lot of concerns about the vaccine passport idea. Democrat and Clinton supporter Naomi Wolf is concerned about the government having your health information and in essence then being able to dictate where you can and can’t go to the question. She’s also concerned that then there is a platform and precedent to load anything onto that platform that could potentially lead to something like a social credit system and the control like the CCP has. Then there’s the World Health Organization, who you would think would be for it but have actually come out against it largely because of the “inequity” of people who may not be able to have access to vaccines being locked out. Not to mention a whole raft of privacy and constitutional questions.

But now there’s more and all the “right” (really meaning “liberal”) celebrities are pitching it. The “Well Health Safety Seal.”

This is a major effort to get businesses to sign aboard to get this “seal.” Let’s hear from those celebrities that someone thinks are trustworthy on health matters including J Lo a Robert De Niro. Plus, there’s also a former U.S. Surgeon General, Richard Carmona, who’s on board with this too.

It’s basically saying that this business has complied with a variety of different practices so that you can “feel better” going into a store/business.

The impact of COVID-19 in relation to the places where we live, work, learn and play is unprecedented: offices, restaurants, stores, venues, schools, industrial facilities, residential common areas, places of worship and space types of all kinds have been closed across the world, in some cases for months. As these spaces and places begin to re-open, people across the world are wondering whether it is safe to return. Organizations seeking to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 are faced with important decisions about when and how to restore their operations, how to support the safety of occupants and employees, and how to prepare for the inevitable changes to their facilities over the coming months. The WELL Health-Safety Rating is designed to help guide organizations to evidence-based best practices for operating through this crisis, as well as for long-term preparedness on other critical health and safety issues.

Keep pushing business for the $15 minimum wage?

Boston Dynamics’ Newest Robot Can Move 800 Boxes an Hour.

Warehouse workers can rejoice as a robot has just been unveiled that removes one of the worst chores in warehouse work.

Video Transcript

 This is Stretch, the most recent robot being showing off by leading automation company, Boston Dynamics. And while sure, their are other robots maybe a bit flashier, capable of overcoming obstacles, running at high speeds, and even dancing in step with one another, Stretch addresses a very specific problem in a very specific workspace, unloading trucks at a warehouse. Here’s Boston Dynamics Vice president of Business Development, Michael Perry, to explain.

MICHAEL PERRY: Every new automation project that we go into we start off by asking the people who work in a physical location, what is your most difficult challenge? We heard pretty much universally across warehousing that truck unloading is one of the most physically difficult and unpleasant jobs. You can actually see that in a lot of the turnover rates where people are entering that position and then leaving pretty quickly because it’s really, really tough.

 Stretch is outfitted with what they call a smart gripper, which is a series of suction devices allowing it to safely handle and move boxes. And using its omnidirectional base, the robot can then move even heavy boxes onto a conveyor, unloading at a rate of 800 boxes every hour. As online shopping continues to increase experts say they expect the warehouse sector to continue to rise through 2021 as well. With Boston Dynamics saying that other jobs could soon be automated too, explaining that it might not be long before home delivery robots could be moving up and down city streets.

Uh Oh: ATF Meeting With Firearms Industry On “Ghost Guns”

Representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are meeting with leaders in the firearms industry today, and the discussion is expected to focus on the federal definition of what a firearm actually is. Under the Gun Control Act of 1968, a firearm is defined as “(A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (D) any destructive device.”

It’s those frames and receivers that the ATF wants to talk about, because gun control activists want the ATF to redefine firearms to include uncompleted frames and receivers. Because they’re not finished parts, the ATF doesn’t define them as firearms, meaning they can be sold without a background check and finished by the purchaser. As long as the home-built firearm doesn’t enter the stream of commerce, it’s not required to be serialized either, and gun control activists want that to change; requiring background checks and serialization of unfinished gun parts as well as fully finished firearms.

The Wall Street Journal, which was the first to report on the meeting, says the confab is a sign that the Biden administration may be getting ready to make a move targeting the unfinished frames and receivers, and while the industry is willing to listen, it sounds like they’re reluctant to go along with any demands for changes.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents the gun industry, will participate in the meeting as will several firearms manufacturers.

“We have not seen credible evidence and statistics demonstrating that this is a significant issue,” said Lawrence Keane, the NSSF’s general counsel. “We are happy to have a dialogue with the ATF as we always are on issues that impact industry.”

There have been growing calls to regulate ghost guns in the past few months. Separately, Democratic lawmakers and gun control groups have called for new regulations following mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder. Friday’s meeting was planned before those massacres.

On Monday, 18 Democratic state attorneys general sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland urging him to act on ghost guns. Earlier this month, four Democratic senators sent a letter to President Joe Biden, asking him to direct the ATF to “regulate these firearms under the Gun Control Act and ensure that they are subject to a background check.”

Biden has this week called on Congress to tighten the nation’s gun laws. The Democrat urged lawmakers to pass legislation to expand background checks and ban weapons like the AR-15 style gun used by the Boulder shooter.

He didn’t mention ghost guns. But Biden administration officials discussed the topic with gun-control advocates at a February meeting, the White House said.

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Winchester Announces 2021 Price Increases on Ammunition and Reloading Supplies

March 22, 2021

To All Winchester Ammunition Customers:

Thank you for your commitment to Winchester and Browning Ammunition in support of our legendary products. 

Due to the increased cost inputs for manufacturing ammunition, it is necessary to increase ammunition prices for all shipments, including backorders, beginning May 1, 2021. 

Ammunition will be subject to the following price increases. 

  • Shotshells + 5%-12%
  • 22 Magnum Rimfire ammunition + 5%-15%
  • Hunting Rifle ammunition + 5%-15%
  • All Centerfire Pistol ammunition +8%
  • Components +10%
  • Primers +25% (Due to our current backorder situation, until further notice, Winchester is not accepting new orders on primers)

These May 1, 2021 increases will affect all pack sizes, sub-brands, and special make-ups. 

All existing orders and future orders shipped on or after May 1, 2021, will be shipped at the new prices unless you notify us requesting cancellation. Procedures for repricing back and future orders will be issued with new pricelists and programs in the coming weeks. 


Matt Campbell

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Colt Brings Back the .44 Magnum Anaconda Revolver


From Colt’s Manufacturing . . .

Colt’s popular Snake Gun revolver series gains a new addition with the updated Anaconda. The Anaconda is a six-round, large frame, U.S. forged stainless steel double-action revolver chambered in 44 Magnum. It is available nationwide at Colt Stocking Dealers for $1,499 MSRP.

The 2021 Anaconda has been fully re-designed to utilize an oversized Python action with a bulked-up frame for added strength. The leaf-spring action provides a non-stacking, smooth-as glass trigger pull. Recoil-absorbing Hogue overmolded grips are interchangeable with all Colt Python grips. The sights are elevation and windage adjustable, and interchangeable with a simple Allen key.

Its iconic profile comes from the full-lug, ventilated rib barrel, available in 6″ and 8″ lengths. A recessed target crown offers protection and like all Colt revolvers, the cylinder rotates clockwise. The frame is drilled and tapped for optic mounts, making the Anaconda an unstoppable huntsman’s sidearm.

“The Anaconda is a legendary piece of the Snake Gun series and fills a unique space in the revolver market,” said Justin Baldini, Product Director at Colt. “Our team was dedicated to making this revival worthy of the Colt name while serving the needs of today’s gun owner.”

First manufactured in the 1990’s, it is now the fourth Snake Gun re-released by Colt. The Cobra, King Cobra, and Python have all seen a successful re-introduction to the market. The Anaconda is manufactured at Colt headquarters in West Hartford, Connecticut.

AOB owns , among others:
Crimson Trace, Caldwell, Schrade, Imperial, Frankford Arsenal, Smith & Wesson & Thompson Center.

American Outdoor Brands Blows Past Fiscal Q3 Estimates As Sales Jump 91 Percent

American Outdoor Brands hit it out of the park in its fiscal third quarter, nearly doubling its top-line numbers from the prior-year quarter and besting the numbers for its second quarter, which is historically AOUT’s biggest quarter.

Company President and CEO Brian Murphy, a 2016 SGB 40 Under40 Award Honoree, reported on a conference call with analysts that the quarter exceeded its internal expectations for revenues and net income.

“I believe our performance reflects not only the ongoing strength of the outdoor market but, more importantly, the value of our highly authentic brand portfolio, our unique Dock and Unlock strategy, the harvesting of our strong new product pipeline, and the investments we made in our business two to three years ago that are beginning to bear fruit. These elements have long been core to our strategy, and they underlie the great results we’re reporting today,” Murphy offered on the call.

AOUT saw net sales for the fiscal third-quarter increase 91 percent to $82.6 million, compared to $43.3 million in the prior-year third quarter, driven by “favorable consumer trends and a consumer preference for our strong brand portfolio.” Company CFO Andy Fulmer detailed that seven of its 20 brands grew more than 100 percent over the prior-year comp quarter.

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Ruger Introduces the MAX-9 Pistol

Ruger MAX 9

Capacity: 12+1
Slide Material: Through-Hardened Alloy Steel
Slide Finish: Black Oxide
Slide Width: 0.95″
Safety Option: Standard Model – With External Manual Safety Lever
Grip Frame: High-Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon
Feature: Optic Ready
Barrel Length: 3.20″
Front Sight: Tritium Fiber Optic
Rear Sight: Drift Adjustable
Magazines Included: One 12-Round and One 10-Round
Overall Length: 6″
Weight: 18.4 oz.
Height: 4.52″
Suggested Retail: $499.00


A week old article, but illuminating.

Americans Are Spending Their Stimulus Checks On Guns.

Americans are looking forward to another round of stimulus checks and gun shops are looking forward to another round of stimulus stockpiling.

As the House takes its final vote Wednesday on the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, many Americans are looking forward to spending their $1,400 stimulus checks at the gun store.

“Stimulus check equals gun money,” said Brandon Wexler, owner of Wex Gunworks in Delray Beach, Florida. “I do anticipate that when people get a stimulus check they will spend it on firearms, accessories, high-capacity magazines and ammo, if they can get it.”

Retailers have learned from the previous two rounds of stimulus payments that they can provide a temporary windfall for gun stores.

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US handgun, long gun imports surge 60% in 2020: analysts

U.S. imports of handguns and long guns surged by 60% in 2020 compared to the previous year and supplied more than a quarter of the nation’s demand for firearms, according to an analyst group’s Monday report.

The U.S. imported 6.4 million handguns and long-guns in 2020, compared to the 4 million in 2019, Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting announced. The plurality of these types of firearms came from Turkey – which exported 1,478,464 – as well as Austria with 1,284,785 and Brazil with 1,016,630, the SAAF said. Other top countries include Croatia, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and China.

The SAAF data excludes muzzleloaders and military weapons.

Meanwhile, 3.455 million munitions were imported in 2020, and largely came from Russia – which tops the charts with 765,487,845 units – Mexico, Italy, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Serbia, South Korea and Hungary, among others, the SAAF found.

The SAAF said the surge in gun imports “is in line with last year’s demand surge.” Around 23 million guns were sold in 2020, with U.S. imports supplying 28% of the firearm demand, gun groups said.

Meanwhile, the National Shooting Sports Foundation estimated that there were more than 8.4 million legal first-time gun buyers in 2020. Earlier this month, Smith & Wesson attributed its 102% third-quarter jump in sales to a flood of first-time buyers.

The Springfield, Mass., company’s third-quarter sales were $257.6 million compared with the $127.4 million the company raked in during the same period in 2019.

“Over the past year, millions of our fellow Americans from all walks of life have chosen to empower themselves by exercising their 2nd Amendment rights for the first time,” President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Smith said in Thursday’s earnings release. “Our loyal employees have risen to the challenge – delivering over 1.8 million units in the first three quarters of our fiscal year alone, ensuring that these new members of the shooting sports community were able to choose the highest quality, innovative firearms that Smith & Wesson has been known for since 1852.”


Smith & Wesson To Host First Virtual Event for Consumers

Smith & Wesson is hosting a free, direct-to-consumer virtual event on March 15, at 8 p.m. eastern standard time. The one-hour session provides enthusiasts with the opportunity to see the company’s latest introductions and much more, while honoring social-distancing precautions from the comfort of their home or office. Registration is required to attend Smith & Wesson’s first-ever virtual event. There is no charge.

Simply go to the special webpage, provide your name, e-mail address, phone number and zip code. You will need to create a password. A confirmation e-mail will follow from the company. It includes a time-saving link to conveniently log into the event on March 15.

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Smith & Wesson’s first time gun buyers drive 102% sales jump

Firearms sales continued to be a sector that has not sagged during the pandemic with Springfield, Massachusetts-based gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson reporting a 102% sales jump in its fiscal third quarter to $257.6 million, compared with $127.4 million during the same period a year ago.

The company attributed the dramatic sales increase to a rise in first-time gun buyers.

“Over the past year, millions of our fellow Americans from all walks of life have chosen to empower themselves by exercising their 2nd Amendment rights for the first time,” President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Smith, said in Thursday’s earnings release. “Our loyal employees have risen to the challenge – delivering over 1.8 million units in the first three quarters of our fiscal year alone, ensuring that these new members of the shooting sports community were able to choose the highest quality, innovative firearms that Smith & Wesson has been known for since 1852.”

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