Saturday, September 19, 2009


With Fall on our heels, why not stop in and see what you need at the gun shop? Stock up on ammunition, while you are able. Check out the Crickett 22 Single Shot Bolt Action Rifle before it disappears off the shelf.

Also in stock, a Henry, Lever Action, 22LR.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC has determined that the Slide Lock Safety (“Safety”) and/or the Recoil Spring Guide Pad (“Guide Pad”) in certain Colt model pistols were not manufactured to Colt specifications and must be replaced. All of these Colt models were sold after March 2007 and the range of serial numbers affected by this product recall is as follows:

Model Serial Number Range Safety Guide Pad

1911 WWI REPLICA (O1911) 4597WMK to 5414WMK X
1918 WWI REPLICA (O1918) 1001WWI to 3431WWI X
COMBAT ELITE (O8011XSE) CG10000E to CG11293E X
NEW AGENT (O7810D) GT01001 to GT04505 X X
DEFENDER (O7000D) DR33036 to DR35948 X

In the chart above, an “X” beneath “Safety” and/or “Guide Pad” signifies that the part(s) of the listed model needs replacement. Only the NEW AGENT model needs replacement of both parts.

For all models listed above, except the DEFENDER and the NIGHT DEFENDER models, you must return the pistol to the Colt factory for part(s) replacement. The DEFENDER models do NOT need to be returned. Instead, we will send you a new Recoil Spring Assembly Kit that includes the Guide Pad to replace in your pistol. See the instructions below on how to obtain recall service.

The Guide Pad is located at the end of a recoil spring assembly, which is
positioned inside the slide between the recoil spring bushing and the barrel lug.

Colt has determined that the Safety and the Guide Pad in the affected pistols are of improper hardness. As a result, the Safety can prematurely wear or bend, especially if the pistol is dropped, possibly rendering the Safety incapable of preventing an accidental firing, and the Guide Pad have been replaced.

If you own one of these Colt models with a serial number listed above, please STOP USING YOUR FIREARM AT ONCE. Then, follow the instructions below to return it to us so that we can replace the firearm part(s) AT NO COST TO YOU.


1911 WWI REPLICA (O1911)
1918 WWI REPLICA (O1918)

1. Contact Colt Customer Service for instructions on how to return the
pistol to us and to obtain a mailing label so you can send it to us FREE OF CHARGE. Please provide us with your model and serial number. Customer Service can be reached by any of the following means:

♦ Complete our online form by going to Colt's website at

♦ E-mail us at
♦ Call Monday-Friday, 8:30AM–12:00PM; 1:00PM-5:00PM EST, 1-800-962-COLT (2658), press Option “2”.

♦ Write us at Colt’s Manufacturing Company, LLC, 545 New Park Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06110.

2. Follow Customer Service’s instructions to send gun back to us.

3. We will replace the Safety (and, on NEW AGENT models only, install a new Recoil Spring Assembly Kit that includes replacement of the Outer Recoil Spring and Guide Pad) and return your firearm to you as quickly as possible.

Note: We cannot return your firearm to a P.O. Box address. Therefore, we will need your street address where the firearm will be returned.

DO NOT LOAD OR USE YOUR FIREARM until we have performed this repair.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MAKE THIS REPAIR YOURSELF. The Slide Lock Safety must be replaced at the factory in order to be done properly.

For 1911 WWI REPLICA and 1918 WWI REPLICA models on which the Slide Lock Safety has been replaced, our gunsmiths will stamp a small “-“ on the insidright rear of the slide, directly below the extractor, as confirmation that the retrofit has been performed. For COMBAT ELITE models on which the Slide Lock Safety has been replaced, our gunsmiths will stamp a small pennant “” on tbottom right side of the trigger guard. NEW AGENT models on which both the Slide Lock Safety and Recoil Spring Guide Pad have been replaced will have twmarks. Our gunsmiths will stamp a small pennant on the bottom right side of the trigger guard as confirmation that the Slide Lock Safety retrofit had been performed. The new Recoil Spring Guide Pad has a small dimple appearing othe top left, rear-facing, surface of the pad.


You do not need to return the DEFENDER model pistols to Colt. We will provide you with a free Recoil Spring Assembly Kit and instruct you how to install it yourself. If you would like us to install the kit for you, please make this request of Colt Customer Service. In either case, please take the following steps:

1. Contact Colt Customer Service for instructions on how to receive a free Recoil Spring Assembly Kit or obtain a mailing label to return the pistol to us. In either situation, we will replace this assembly FREE OF CHARGE. Please provide us with your model and serial number. Customer Service can be reached by any of the following means:

♦ Complete our online form by going to Colt’s website at
♦ E-mail us at
♦ Call: Monday-Friday 8:30AM–12:00PM; 1PM–5PM EST: 1-800-962-COLT (2658), press Option “2”.
♦ Correspond with us via US Postal Service at Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, 545 New Park Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06110.

2. Follow Colt Customer Service’s instructions and prompts on how to receive a Recoil Spring Assembly Kit or how to send the gun back to us. Please be ready to provide the Colt model and serial number.

Note: We cannot return your firearm to a P.O. Box address. Therefore, we will need your street address where the firearm will be returned so that we can return it to you as quickly as possible.

3. DO NOT LOAD OR USE YOUR FIREARM until this repair has been performed.

Please note that, apart from this recall, we designed a symmetrical Outer Recoil Spring with closed ends on each side for the NEW AGENT and DEFENDER models. This design allows the spring to be inserted from either end into the recoil bushing. This replacement spring will be included as part of the Recoil Spring Assembly Kit being furnished in this recall. The new Recoil Spring Guide Pad has a small dimple appearing on the top left, rear facing, surface of the pad that will serve as confirmation that the retrofit has been performed.

In closing, Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC is fully committed to the quality of its products and the safety of its customers. We regret very much the inconvenience that this situation is causing to our valued customers.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Olde Towne Sports Depot would like to wish owner, Charlie, a very Happy Birthday today!!!! If you get a chance, stop by and wish him one!!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

H.R. 45

We at OTSD hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter.

There is another important issue brewing in Washington. Please take the time to read the following article that was in the Washington Times yesterday:

EDITORIAL: 'We want them registered'

Democrats are going after guns

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, announced last week that she wants to register guns. Her next move will be to try to confiscate them.

The speaker picked a television show with a viewership of 4.6 million to float the Democrats' coming gun-control push. Questioned on ABC's "Good Morning America" about the prospect of new gun-control laws now that "it's a Democratic president, a Democratic House," she responded, "We don't want to take their guns away. We want them registered."

Politicians and bureaucrats routinely claim that registration helps solve crimes. If a registered gun is used in a crime and left at the crime scene, registration supposedly lets the police trace the gun back to the criminal. Though this turn of events might work on fictional TV crime shows, it virtually never occurs in real life. Criminals' guns are rarely left at crime scenes. When guns are left behind, it usually is because a crook has been seriously injured or killed and the police are poised to catch him anyway.

The few guns left at crime scenes rarely - if ever - are registered to the perpetrator. If they are registered at all, it is to someone else, whose piece was stolen. Despite what Mrs. Pelosi might think, those who use guns to commit major crimes such as robbing and killing are unlikely to respect her request to file paperwork so the government can catalog the tools of their trade.

Numerous examples disprove gun-control propaganda. Hawaii has had licensing and registration of guns for about 50 years. After all of the administrative expenses and inconvenience imposed on gun owners, police there cannot point to a single crime that has been solved as a result of those programs. Given Hawaii's remote island geography, this should be an ideal place to keep track of guns because movement in and out of the state is limited and legal importation is controlled. If registration is going to work anywhere, it should work there. Unfortunately, criminals seem to be able to get their hands on guns virtually anyplace in the world.

Other jurisdictions with a history of strict handgun bans, such as the District of Columbia and Chicago, have even required registration of hunting rifles and shotguns for more than 20 years. Neither the District nor Chicago can point to any crimes that have been solved using registration records.

The same rules apply across the border. Canada, which has imposed registration of handguns since the 1930s, does not have much to show for it. In 2006, when the Liberal Party under Prime Minister Paul Martin controlled the government, it was admitted in parliamentary debate that just three crimes in 70 years had been solved as a result of registration. A couple of those cases were debatable because other independent evidence helped solve the crimes. According to the Canadian Ministry of Public Safety, just 4 percent of Canadian handgun murders in 2005 and 2006 were committed with registered handguns, and none of those were registered to the people who committed the crimes. As for long-gun registration, at least as of 2006, not a single violent crime had been solved through registration.

Because registration doesn't help solve crime, it is important to ask why government wants to register the people's firearms. History provides the answer. In countries from Australia to England, registration has been used to create lists of guns that later were confiscated by their governments. Despite Mrs. Pelosi's assurances to the contrary, Americans' fear that registration will lead to confiscation is well-founded. Indeed, Mrs. Pelosi's own state of California already has used existing registration lists to confiscate so-called assault weapons just a half-dozen years ago.

The speaker claims registration won't lead to gun confiscation because of the Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which struck down the District's handgun ban last June. She knows full well that this judgment was based on a narrow 5-4 decision that could be reversed when President Obama gets his opportunity to appoint an additional liberal justice to the court.

A Gallup poll released Wednesday shows that support for gun control is "at an all-time low" since the issue started being surveyed nearly 50 years ago. According to Gallup, just 29 percent favor handgun bans. Now that Democrats are in control of the legislative and executive branches of government, even the will of the people won't keep them from going after the guns of law-abiding Americans.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


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Top muzzleloader brand: CVA (40.8% of all purchases)
Top handgun brand: Smith & Wesson (18.4% of all purchases)
Top scope for firearms: BSA (16.1% of all purchases)
Top rifle ammunition brand: Remington (29.9% of all purchases)
Top shotgun ammunition brand: Winchester (35.7% of all purchases)
Top handgun ammunition brand: Winchester (26.1% of all purchases)
Top blackpowder brand: Pyrodex (39.0% of all purchases)
Top balls, bullets, or shot brand: Powerbelt (34.9% of all purchases)
Top bow brand: BowTech (22.0% of all purchases)
Top arrow brand: Easton (40.5% of all purchases)
Top fletching brand: Bohning (26.3% of all purchases)
Top broadhead brand: Muzzy (21.5% of all purchases)
Top game call brand: Primos (35.9% of all purchases)
Top reloading bullet brand: Hornady (23.0% of all purchases)
Top reloading powder brand: Hodgdon (33.0% of all purchases)
Top binocular brand: Bushnell (29.4% of all purchases)
Top knife brand: Buck (19.8% of all purchases)
Top shooting target brand: Shoot-N-C (37.7% of all purchases)

Launched in 2006, and help the firearms and outdoor equipment industries, government officials, and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends. The list above represents only a small sample of the vast amount of information that is available from the complete survey results. The results are scientifically analyzed to reflect all US hunters and target shooters.

Friday, March 13, 2009


FIRST, let me assure you that this post is not intended as NOT bad news, since, after all, it is Friday the 13th. I just happened to notice that I haven't posted anything on here since Valentine's Day and thought maybe I should make an effort. I have been busy though, doing our personal income tax forms, along with the Corporate taxes, so, that in itself, has kept me quite busy these past few weeks. Business taxes are due March 16th, so I slid in right under the deadline......anyway, back to business.......

As some of our local customers know, we are down on inventory!!! Not because we can't afford to buy anything, no sir, there is nothing available out there. Handguns are getting harder and harder to find. And ammunition, well let's just say that's a conversation in itself. I just read an extremely interesting article on questioning the shortage:

Contrived US
Ammunition Shortage
From Charleston Voice

From an undisclosed, but reliable source. I'd like to know who told Remington to cut back on production....

Less than 10 days ago I went to buy my wife a handgun from a large national sporting goods retail outlet near Boise. They have 3 very large sets of shelves that are normally stacked high with every imaginable type of ammo, but on this day they had maybe 2% of their normal stock and 0, yes ZERO .38 cal. When I asked the salesman about it he said that they have not been able to get much and when they do it sells within a few days.

Because I am so concerned about what is unfolding in our country I decided to check around. Out of 5 major outlets I was able to obtain 2 boxes of .40 cal. and 1 box of .38, 250 rounds total. The story from each salesman was the same, there is none available and they don't know when they will receive more.

At one location I got talking with the clerk and he told me that his brother works for Remington and has run their ammo making machines for over 10 years, in the past few years they have run 12 hours a day 7 days a week. TWO WEEKS after our last elections their management informed them that they were to cut back to 2 1/2 days a week and only run 8 hour a day. He said they had 50 semi-truck trailers waiting to be loaded but that they could not fill them.

A small family owned gun store I have dealt with for the last several years had quite a bit available but I was told again that they have scoured the entire area and bought everything they could find to resell, and they thought what they had would be gone by this Monday, tomorrow. After talking more with the owner he told me that last Wednesday and Thursday his staff had spent the entire time calling every gun store in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington and could not locate anything more than a few boxes here and there. While I was in the store he took off to drive all the way to Montana to get what was available there in a few small towns, that is at least a 16 hour round trip drive.

Apparently over thirty people were waiting for an ammo shipment in Mt. Home, Id. and when the Semi finally arrived it had only 12 boxes of pistol ammo aboard and they were told not to expect anymore in the near future.

I haven't heard this situation mentioned anywhere, and I would never have discovered it if I hadn't gone to purchase a gun.

Something very strange is happening out here. I can only hope that it is a local phenomenon, but I fear that is much larger. Please inform your readers so that they can find out for themselves.

Sunday, February 1, 2009


I received an interesting email from the TBI Manager this week - he sends some good info - thought you might like this:


Judge says citizens should buy guns
to protect themselves.

General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon
on Wednesday told a female home
invasion victim she needs to buy a
gun to protect herself.

"There should be a law that law
abiding citizens with no felony
convictions should own a gun,"
the judge said while setting bond
for Colton Dobbins.

Judge Moon told Danielle Walker,
"I know many fine police officers.
But we can't depend on the police
to protect us any more."

He said Chattanooga is the 57th most
dangerous city in the country,
and to many criminals "the value of
human life means nothing to them."

The judge said, "With 7,000 foreclo-
sures every day and 6,000 kids
dropping out of school" that the
crime situation is going to get much

He told the 18-year-old Dobbins he is
"lucky to be alive" after barging
into the home of Ms. Walke

Judge Moon said, "If it had been my
house you came in on, you would have
wound up at Coulter Fune
ral Home."

Dobbins was charged with forcing h
way into Ms. Walker's home where she
and her nine-year-old son live. Ms.
Walker said Dobbins knocked her to
the floor, then two other men entered
her home.

Ms. Walker said, "I was afraid for

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Thought you might like to read a good article from The New American on the ongoing saga of ammunition control:

The new and heavily liberal legislative bodies now ensconced in Washington and in many statehouses across the nation now pose a slow equivalent to the march on Lexington and Concord that sparked the American Revolution. Taxation, regulation, and government inroads into personal liberty, including gun control, are now proliferating.

Many of our elected officials are using widespread ignorance and fear of guns and the fallout of immorality in the form of crime to help accomplish a disenfranchisement of the Second Amendment piecemeal. They tout their proposals as measures to prevent crime or capture criminals, while completely ignoring the rights of victims and the average citizen.

A prime current example is the widespread spate of ammunition identification bills, proposed at the state level, all of which are very similar to the 2005/6 California legislature ammunition serialization bill, AB 352.

AB 352 was passed by both houses of the California legislature, but died in conference on November 30, 2006. Similar bills are now spreading across the nation for review under the new more liberal 2009 array of state legislators.

California was a close call. The good news is that even though ammunition serialization resolutions were introduced in five states in 2007 and 18 states in 2008, not a single resolution passed in any state. The bad news is that many state legislatures have become much more gun-control-friendly in the aftermath of the 2008 elections. These same ammunition serialization bills may not be defeated or allowed to die during this 2009/10 legislative cycle, as was the case in the past.

The ammunition serialization campaign is being organized by Ammunition Accountability, a lobbying arm of Ammunition Coding System, which has been working with state legislatures to get bills passed to mandate ammunition serialization on a state-by-state basis. There is a neon fox in the henhouse.

It happens that Ammunition Coding System would profit handsomely from such mandatory serialization. Although Russ Ford of Ammunition Coding System claimed vigorously during an interview on (posted on January 25, 2008) that his company was striving for complete transparency in its activities, as of January 19, 2009, there is still no link from the Ammunition Accountability website to the Ammunition Coding System website, and no link back the other way either.

Ammunition serialization amounts to individual markings stamped on the ammunition, both on the projectile and on the shell in which the projectile and propellant is encased. Viewing the 43-minute Russ Ford Ammunition Coding System video on this page at the site is very revealing. (Scroll to bottom of the linked page to see the video.)

To provide just a little taste of just how bad this ammunition serialization would be for gun owners, consider this excerpt from the online NRA webpage, "Encoded Ammunition"/Bullet Serialization," which was posted on January 15, 2008:

Reasons to Strenuously Oppose This LegislationPeople would be required to forfeit all personally-owned non-encoded ammunition.

After a certain date, it would be illegal to possess non-encoded ammunition. Gun owners possess hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition for target shooting, hunting and personal protection. Consider that American manufacturers produce 8 billion rounds each year.

Reloading (re-using cartridge cases multiple times) would be abolished. There would be no way to correspond serial numbers on cartridge cases, and different sets and quantities of bullets.

People would be required to separately register every box of "encoded ammunition." This information would be supplied to the police. Most states do not even require registration of guns. Each box of ammunition would have a unique serial number, thus a separate registration.

Private citizens would have to maintain records, if they sold ammunition to anyone, including family members or friends.

The cost of ammunition would soar, for police and private citizens alike. The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturing Institute estimates it would take three weeks to produce ammunition currently produced in a single day. For reason of cost, manufacturers would produce only ultra-expensive encoded ammunition, which police would have to buy, just like everyone else.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


The next hurdle for gun enthusiasts. A new group has formed called, Ammunition Accountability - Saving lives one bullet at a time.

Beware - this is a serious subject and whether or not this group gets "controlled" ammunition passed, may depend on YOU!!!!!!! You may want to call your Congressman and tell him or her that you do NOT want the proposed Ammunition Accountability bill passed. If you don't know who your Congressman is - go to:

Here is what they are about:

Ammunition Accountability is a newly forming group of ammunition coding technology supporters. Our group includes gun crime victims, industry representatives, law enforcement, public officials, public policy experts, and more. We are working together to pass legislation to make ammunition coding technology a reality.

Ammunition coding technology works by laser etching the back of each bullet with an alpha-numeric serial number. Then when a potential criminal purchases a box of 9mm cartridges, the box of ammunition and the bullets’ coding numbers would be connected to the purchaser in a statewide database. When a bullet is found at a crime scene, the code on the bullet can be read with a simple magnifying glass and then be run through a statewide database to determine who purchased the ammunition and where, providing a valuable investigative lead.

To learn more about this organization, go to:

Saturday, January 3, 2009


If you haven't purchased your Ruger 22 Charger yet, you are missing out on some fun. Right now, we have in stock a Red Ruger 22 Charger.

The Charger is a pistol that delivers the fun, versatility and reliability of the time tested Ruger 10/22 Carbine in a handgun by utilizing the 10/22 receiver and rotary magazine. The Charger features a 10-inch precision-rifled barrel mounted in an ergonomically designed, warp-proof, laminated pistol stock. A new extended magazine release allows for easy removal of the legendary Ruger 10-shot rotary magazine.

Thursday, January 1, 2009