The Latest in Concealed-Carry And It Only Costs Five Grand.

              There is a gun company in the Czech Republic called Laugo Arms which has just announced a new pistol for the American market which is chambered for the standard 9mm round and costs – ready? – five…thousand…bucks.  No sh#t Sherlock. Five big ones and they say in Godfather II, or maybe it was in Godfather III or whatever Mafia movie I was watching last night. 

              Guns have been coming out of this part of Eastern Europe for decades, the most well-company, CZ, has been shipping their handguns and shotguns to the United States since we first allowed imports from the Soviet bloc, and CZ guns were also sneaking into the country when there was an official imports ban.  Laugo has been around for a number of years, basically operating as a design shop rather than actually manufacturing guns. Now they want to get into the American market with their own gun. But is the gun worth five thousand bucks?

              The company says the gun, called the Laugo Alien, a name which I guess has something to do with Zombies and all that other extra-terrestrial stuff. Is a wholly new, indeed revolutionary design. And what makes it revolutionary, according to the company’s hype, is the placement of the barrel fixed to the frame. Pistol barrels usually ride underneath the slide and are connected to the frame through a locking device that both holds the barrel in place but also lets it float back and forth as the gun is fired and then a new round slips into the breech.

              Because the barrel is fixed to the frame, the only part of the gun which moves during recoil is the slide, and if you make the slide both narrow and lightweight by mixing the steel with an alloy, this will reduce what is called the ‘felt recoil’ every time the slide ejects a spent shell and slams home a new round.  Get it?  Don’t worry, I’ll explain what all this gobbledygook means right now.

              What it means is that this gun can be shot more quickly and more accurately because the shooter doesn’t have to bring the gun back down to the line of sight after a round is shot off. So in theory, this will make the gun more accurate and allow the shooter to deliver more firepower in a briefer period of time.

              Does this make the Alien worth five mil? Well to begin with, this product certainly isn’t being aimed (pardon the pun) at the law enforcement market because cops don’t like to spend money on guns. Pensions, medical plans, the widow and orphans fund – these are where law enforcement dollars go – not for guns.

              So obviously, the owners of Laugo are hoping that there are some civilian gun-owners out there who are willing to pony up five thousand bucks in order to say that they are the only guy at the Rod and Gun Club who owns one of these guns. Because believe it or not, if you really think you need a gun for self-defense, you don’t carry a pistol that will shoot ten shots in five seconds or less. You need to carry a gun that will deliver just one, accurate round.

              Most, if not nearly all serious assaults begin to occur at a distance between perpetrator and victim of 15 feet or less. Most serious assaults, particularly gun assaults, occur in 2 seconds or less. How many shots is someone going to get off in 2 seconds or less?  How many shooters have enough skill, training and muscle memory to hit any target, particularly a moving target at a distance of 15 feet?

              Know what they say about the gun business? Want to make a million dollars in the gun business? Start with two million. I hope that Laugo Arms has two million sitting in the bank.

17 thoughts on “The Latest in Concealed-Carry And It Only Costs Five Grand.

  1. “… Want to make a million dollars in the gun business? Start with two million. I hope that
    Laugo Arms has two million sitting in the bank. …”

    A famous Kentucky Rifle maker once told me, when I got into the game; “If you want to make guns, work in a gun shop. If you want to make money, work in a mint.”

  2. So when you say:
    “and CZ guns were also sneaking into the country when there was an official imports ban”
    and the former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (and others) call for a mandatory government buyback program for AK-47 and AR-15 rifles and saying “Hell yes” the government would take the firearms from their owners, I guess this means that when government takes firearms from their lawful owners, criminals will still be able to get firearms.

  3. The target market is clearly high-end action pistol shooters and 3-gun competitors. Maybe once they make back some of their R&D money they might come up with a cost-cutting version.

  4. “The latest in Concealed carry, and it only costs Five Grand…”

    It wasn’t meant for Concealed carry, and I somehow doubt that you would write this article with the same “Snarkiness” if the subject was one of those Fine I-talian Break open Shotguns with the fancy walnut stocks that wealthy hunters buy to hang on the wall in their den….

    For anyone interested in the actual innovations of this new pistol design:

    • Why don’t you take the trouble to look at the promotional videos that Laugo has put out for the Alien. Every video is someone engaged in a self-defense drill. All self-defense guns are considered (and sold) for concealed-carry, okay?

      • “All self-defense guns are considered (and sold) for concealed-carry, okay?”

        Really? ALL of them?

        …Considering that both the Mossberg and Remington Pump Action Shotguns are among the most popular “Self Defense guns” sold…..Your statement comes of as more uninformed Nonsense.

      • “If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrelled shotgun, have the shells, a 12-gauge shotgun, and I promise you…whoever’s coming in is not.” -Joe Biden

        Hey Mike, how would you recommend ol’ Joe CARRY IT…Appendix or Pocket?

    • The British arms trade, and its counterparts in Central Europe, are a
      different animal than the major arms makers most people think about.

  5. The guns I make are similar to this Czech pistol in some ways. A number of actual manufacturers make muzzle loading rifles that surely shoot at least as good as mine – and they cost a fraction of what mine cost. But it’s what the buyer is in to. My customers want an authentic muzzle loading gun, not a mass-produced weapon, as good as they are (& they typically are GOOD!)

    • Is this commanding a high price due to new innovations that are patented? Seems others could design something similar. But hey, people can spend their money any way they want. A twin turbo 911 will set you back 165k or more and find me a place where you can really unwind it legally. Its the buyer’s choice, in spite of the sarcasm here.

  6. Lachney says that the videos don’t promote concealed-carry or armed, self-defense, which is the same thing. He says that they show something he calls ‘race gun shooting.’ Know who started race-gun shooting and for that matter the whole IPSC thing? Jeff Cooper. Now he had nothing to do with concealed-carry, right? As for Biden, when he made that statement in 2008, it was the first time that any national candidate ever promoted the idea of keeping a gun in the home and using it for self-defense. He was in fact talking about his wife, Jill, who kept a shotgun in their home when Joe was away and their house happens to be located way back from the road. Now if I had been the head of Mossberg or Remington I would have sent a new gun to Biden the very next day. But no, you can’t ever say that a Democrat is pro-gun, right? So Joe was denounced by every pro-gun hot-air balloon because after all, how would it look if a gun grabber like Joe Biden actually had a self-defense gun?

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