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MrColionNoir puts his 2 cents in on the recent debacle:

If you don’t know what he’s talking about read yesterdays post – RECOIL Magazine Says The HK MP7 Is Too Dangerous For You.

RECOIL has got way more publicity over this then I ever would have thought or hoped.  Advertisers are pulling out, and people are blowing up their facebook page with comments.

Like I mentioned before, I’m sure Jerry Tsai (the guy who wrote the paragraph in question) will be re-assigned and people will celebrate issue #5 when it comes out like nothing even happened.  It appears that a lot of people are even forgiving him after his halfassed apology which is predictable and reeks of back pedaling so I’m not even going to bother linking it.

Thoughts?

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You will RECOIL in horror at editor Jerry Tsai’s thoughts on the HK MP7:

“Like we mentioned before, the MP7A1 is unavailable to civilians and for good reason. We all know that’s technology no civvies should ever get to lay their hands on. This is a purpose-built weapon with no sporting applications to speak of. It is made to put down scumbags, and that’s it. Mike Cabrera of Heckler & Koch Law Enforcement Sales and veteran law enforcement officer with SWAT unit experience points out that this is a gun that you do not want in the wrong, slimy hands. It comes with semi-automatic and full-auto firing modes only. Its overall size places it between a handgun and submachine gun. Its assault rifle capabilities and small size make this a serious weapon that should not be taken lightly.”

A response from Jerry Tsai himself:

Hey guys, this is Jerry Tsai, Editor of RECOIL. I think I need to jump in here and clarify what I wrote in the MP7A1 article. It looks like I may not have stated my point clearly enough in that line that is quoted up above. Let’s be clear, neither RECOIL nor I are taking the stance on what should or should not be made available on the commercial market although I can see how what was written can be confused as such.

Because we don’t want anything to be taken out of context, let’s complete that quote and read the entire paragraph:

“Like we mentioned before, the MP7A1 is unavailable to civilians and for good reason. We all know that’s technology no civvies should ever get to lay their hands on. This is a purpose-built weapon with no sporting applications to speak of. It is made to put down scumbags, and that’s it. Mike Cabrera of Heckler & Koch Law Enforcement Sales and veteran law enforcement officer with SWAT unit experience points out that this is a gun that you do not want in the wrong, slimy hands. It comes with semi-automatic and full-auto firing modes only. Its overall size places it between a handgun and submachine gun. Its assault rifle capabilities and small size make this a serious weapon that should not be taken lightly.”

Let’ also review why this gun should not be taken lightly. In the article it was stated that the MP7A1 is a slightly larger than handgun sized machine-gun that can be accurately fired and penetrate Soviet style body armor at more than 300 yards. In the wrong hands, that’s a bad day for the good guys.

As readers of RECOIL, we all agree that we love bad-ass hardware, there’s no question about that. I believe that in a perfect world, all of us should have access to every kind of gadget that we desire. Believe me, being a civvie myself, I’d love to be able to get my hands on an MP7A1 of my own regardless of its stated purpose, but unfortunately the reality is that it isn’t available to us. As a fellow enthusiast, I know how frustrating it is to want something only to be denied it.

Its manufacturer has not made the gun available to the general public and when we asked if it would ever come to the commercial market, they replied that it is strictly a military and law enforcement weapon, adding that there are no sporting applications for it. Is it wrong that HK decided against selling a full-auto pocket sized machine gun that can penetrate armor from hundreds of yards away? It’s their decision to make and their decision they have to live with not mine nor anybody else’s.

I accepted their answer for what it was out of respect for those serving in uniform. I believe that we as gun enthusiasts should respect our brothers in law enforcement, agency work and the military and also keep them out of harms way. Like HK, I wouldn’t want to see one of these slip into the wrong hands either. Whether or not you agree with this is fine. I am compelled to explain a point that I was trying to make that may have not been clear.

Thanks for reading,
– JT, Editor, RECOIL

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Do I agree with the MP7 not being available to civilians?  No.. i’m all about unlimited ownership with no restrictions.  Criminals have that perk, why shouldn’t the rest of us?

I don’t know what the process looks like at RECOIL before something goes to print, but I’m pretty surprised a loaded statement like the one that was made slipped through the cracks.  Jerry Tsai’s response above didn’t really do him any good in my opinion.  Pretty big scandal to have already on issue #4.  My guess is people will forget about this next week, and their magazine sales will be better than ever.

If you want to read hundreds of angry comments head over to the RECOIL Facebook page.

What are your thoughts?  Are you boycotting this magazine for good, all because of this one statement?  Are you organizing a “magazine burn/shoot” where you destroy your first 3 issues?

Hat tip: Murphy, Eric, Scott, Matt M., Matt S.

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One of my favorite firearm (*ahem*… “Gun Lifestyle” as they say) magazines:

The print version is available at Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Grocery Stores, newsstands and other magazine retailers.

The iPad/Nook/Android version is available at Recoil’s Website.

Not only are the articles good, but as I mentioned in my review of issue #1 the magazine is a graphic arts masterpiece.

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A new magazine out there for gun lovers:

I was sent the first issue (pictured above) by Andy over at RECOIL, and I am please to say that I am very impressed.  Cover to cover it’s a graphic arts masterpiece, and the articles are well written.  There is advertising in it, but it’s not obtrusive and does not take up very many pages of the magazine like a lot of them I’m used to reading.

If you’re looking for some new gun related reading material I urge you guys to check it out.  It’s currently available at Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble etc.. with home delivery coming soon.  There are other options such as iTunes and Nook versions you can check out HERE.

Make sure to also check out their website – Recoilweb.com

I asked Andy about giving away some subscriptions on the blog, and he said he would get back to me once they get their home delivery method worked out, so i’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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